Mark Boonshoft is the Executive Director of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and a historian of early America. After receiving a Ph.D. in history from Ohio State University (2015), Mark worked on the Early American Manuscripts Project as a post-doctoral fellow in the New York Public Library’s manuscripts division. His first book, Aristocratic Education and the Making of the American Republic, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in fall 2020, and was a finalist for the 2021 George Washington Book Prize.
Feb. 18, 2022
If you had been alive in eighteenth-century America, you would've had little opportunity for formal schooling or an advanced education. Unless you were among the elite or at least of some means, your chances of attending a l…