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Barbara Berenson

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Barbara Berenson is a historian, attorney, and teacher. The author of Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers (2018), she is currently teaching The Woman Suffrage Movement – and How We Remember It at Tufts University. She is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. After working for many years as a Senior Attorney at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Barbara retired from the practice of law in 2019 to devote her full attention to researching, writing, and teaching. She has also written Boston in the Civil War: Hub of the Second Revolution (2014) and Walking Tours of Civil War Boston: Hub of Abolitionism (2011), and she co-edited Breaking Barriers: The Unfinished Story of Women Lawyers and Judges in Massachusetts (2012). Though she loves writing about Massachusetts, Barbara is excited to now have the time to work on writing projects with a national focus. An experienced lecturer, teacher, and facilitator, Barbara has presented to dozens of groups on a wide range of historical and legal topics. She frequently leads professional development programs for educators. Her current community activities include serving on the boards of Boston By Foot and the Royall House & Slave Quarters. The Royall House property includes what is believed the only surviving freestanding slave quarters in the northern United States.

Upcoming Tours

Smithsonian at Chautauqua: The Battle for Women’s Suffrage

8 days | Starting at: $4,240
Jul 25, 2020 - Aug 1, 2020
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