Brian Roberts, UNI assistant professor of history, (319) 273-3161
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Middle-class America in the mid-19th century will be the topic for the University of Northern Iowa's history lecture series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Seerley Hall, Room 115.
Brian Roberts, UNI assistant professor of history, will present 'Exactly What Americans Ought to Be: The Populist Radicalism of the Hutchinson Family Singers, 1842-1844.' In his study of the Hutchinson Family, one of the most popular middle-class singing groups in America in the 1840s, Roberts argues that middle-class, mainstream Americans were committed to democratic uplift, social equality and ideals of American communism.
The series is sponsored by the UNI Department of History and the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society. It is free and open to the public.