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RQ-279921-21

University of Delaware (Newark, DE 19716-0099)
Trevor A. Dawes (Project Director: December 2020 to present)
Jane E. Calvert (Co Project Director: February 2021 to present)
Writings of John Dickinson (1732–1808)

Preparation for print and online publication of volumes four and five of the writings of John Dickinson (1732–1808), statesman from Delaware and Pennsylvania. (36 months)

The John Dickinson Writings Project (JDP) is working with the University of Delaware (UD) to publish The Complete Writings and Selected Correspondence of John Dickinson (UD Press) in an estimated 12 print volumes. It seeks NEH funding to hire two full-time Assistant Editors to complete Vol. 4 (1767–1769) and 5 (1770–1775) and purchase the indexing software CINDEX. The JDP launched in 2010 with an NEH grant. It has published Vol. 1 (2020). Vol. 2 will appear in early 2021, and Vol. 3 will appear in late 2021. We anticipate the project ending in 2039. Dickinson served in every national congress and convention (1765-1787). He wrote more for the American cause than any other, including most of the nation’s first state papers. The Founding era cannot be fully understood without reading his works. He was the only one to advocate for rights for subordinated groups—blacks, women, Indians, the poor, and criminals. This project is an ideal fit with the “More Perfect Union” initiative.

Project fields:
American Government; English; U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$449,998 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2021 – 9/30/2024


FZ-266874-19

Jane E. Calvert
University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY 40506-0001)
A Biography of John Dickinson (1732-1808)

Research and writing leading to a biography of the American statesman John Dickinson (1732-1808), known as the "Penman of the Revolution"

This will be the first full biography of founder John Dickinson, America's first international political celebrity and leader of the resistance to Britain. He wrote more documents for the Founding of the nation than any other figure and held more public offices in two states. With his belief in Quaker principles, he was also unique among the leaders of the generation in his advocacy of human rights. He freed all of his significant number of slaves during his lifetime, worked for abolition, and advocated rights for women, Native Americans, prisoners, the poor, and other subordinated peoples. Because his papers have not been published, no complete and accurate biography has been written But now his papers are being published and the first three volumes (to 1769) are near completion. This new biography, readable for the public and useful for scholars, will be based on this new wealth of never-before-used sources.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Public Scholars

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 8/31/2021


RQ-50458-10

University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY 40506-0001)
Jane E. Calvert (Project Director: November 2009 to June 2013)
The John Dickinson Writings Project

Preparation of a 3-volume print edition, a selected reader, and an open-access digital edition of the works of John Dickinson. (36 months)

This Project will be the first complete, scholarly edition of the writings of Founding Father John Dickinson (1732-1808). Known today as the "Penman of the Revolution," Dickinson was one of the most influential of the Founders, producing more writings from the beginning of the conflict with Britain and into the early Republic than any other figure. His most famous work, Farmer's Letters (1767-68), was one of around 150 published and unpublished writings. As a member of every congress and convention, he authored many speeches and most of the seminal state papers before independence, including the Resolutions of the Stamp Act Congress, the Declaration for Taking Up Arms, and the Articles of Confederation. But he also wrote many documents directly to the people in the form of newspaper articles, pamphlets, broadsides, odes, and songs. The Project will collect all extant published and manuscript documents and publish them in critical scholarly edition in both print and digital versions.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$200,000 (approved)
$190,522 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2010 – 12/31/2012


FT-53498-05

Jane E. Calvert
St. Mary's College of Maryland (St. Mary's City, MD 20686-3001)
Dissenters in Our Own Country: Eighteenth-Century Quakerism and the Origins of American Civil Disobedience

Eighteenth-century Quakers developed a distinctive strain of political thought based on their theology, the hallmark of which was a twin emphasis on constitutional perpetuity and a systematic process of civil disobedience and legal action to achieve governmental reform. This philosophy was related to, but distinct from, the Whiggism that dominated early American political thought; and it was a unique and vital force in American politics. Not only were Quaker methods used as the first means to resist England before the Revolution, the Quaker contribution to the American dissenting tradition subsequently shaped the thought and practice of the greatest reformers in American history, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, William Lloyd Garrison, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2005 – 9/30/2005