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American University
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Postal History, Sabbatarianism, Religion state relations, Early United States
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About Me

Rebecca Brenner is a PhD candidate in history at American University in Washington, DC. She passed comprehensive exams with distinction in early United States, recent United States, and public history. She is currently writing her dissertation on Sunday mail delivery from 1810 through 1912, focusing on religious minorities’ and disenfranchised persons’ experiences with governmental institutions. Recently, Rebecca wrote an exhibit entitled “Breaking News: Alexander Hamilton,” which is on display at the George Washington University Museum through August 2018. In May 2017, Rebecca earned her masters with a concentration in public history from American University. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Mount Holyoke College with majors in history (honors) and philosophy.

Recent Publications

Review of I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival by Rick Massimo, The Oral History Review, June 2018,

“Mr. Jefferson’s Books & Mr. Madison’s War,” US Intellectual History Blog, May 2018,

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
Expertise by Topic
American Founding Era, Politics, Public History, Religion