Samuel Biagetti holds a doctorate in early American history. He uses his knowledge in his antique dealership, in producing Historiansplaining, in his writings, and in giving college-level lectures in the non-pandemic times.
It’s clear to his friends and to his listeners that Sam loves to tell great stories – ones that need no hyperbole or fantasy. He likes to take the familiar cliff-notes of history that so many of us are taught in school and turn them into living, breathing narratives, and to find their forgotten contexts – including those that are obscured by present-day myths and orthodoxies. His research includes:
- His undergraduate thesis in history at Brown University: “The Red Wine Rebellion: Louisiana, 1768” (2006), which examined the causes and meanings of the uprising that led to the creation of a de-facto independent state in the colony of Louisiana eight years before the more famous Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. This thesis was also adapted into the article, “Enlightenment and Revolution: The Case of Louisiana, 1768,” which won the Louisiana Historical Association’s biennial Glenn Conrad Prize for the best article on Louisiana.
- His doctoral thesis in early American history at Columbia University: “The Only Universal Monarchy: Freemasonry, Ritual, and Gender in Revolutionary Rhode Island, 1749-1803.” This dissertation examines how Freemasonry served as a source of stability and social belonging to men in the tumultuous Atlantic and colonial worlds, while investing sacred significance into new institutions such as banks, libraries, professional associations, and the federal Constitution.
Sam originally hails from Maryland, and today has made a home in a small town in central Massachusetts. You may see him scouring the country side for antiques or selling them in Brooklyn, NY, and Barre, Mass.
- “Enlightenment and Revolution: The Case of Louisiana, 1768,” in Early American Studies:
- Sam’s dissertation on Freemasonry:
- Sam’s article on political extremists:
- Sam’s article on modern Jewish life, in “American Affairs” —
- Sam’s article on Freemasonry in Jamaica: