Conversations: Treacherous Beauty, Peggy Shippen the Woman Behind Benedict Arnold’s Plot to Betray America
Held in conjunction with Museum of the American Revolution, this discussion by authors Mark Jacob and Stephen Case will explore the story of Peggy Shippen, a driving force in a conspiracy that came within an eyelash of dooming the American democracy.
Every American schoolchild knows Betsy Ross, but few know the name of Peggy Shippen, a woman who had a much more direct effect on the events of the American Revolution. Peggy Shippen was a conspirator, a role that clashed with her being a female. She also was a conspirator on the losing side, as she was the wife and notorious Benedict Arnold.
While war was raging, Peggy Shippen befriended a suave British officer and then a married a crippled revolutionary general twice her age. She brought the two men together in a treasonous plot that nearly turned George Washington into a prisoner and changed the course of the war. Peggy Shippen was Mrs. Benedict Arnold.
Authors Mark Jacob and Stephen Case, will also sign copies of their recently published book Treacherous Beauty: Peggy Shippen the Woman Behind Benedict Arnold’s Plot to Betray America (The Lyons Press, 2012)
Visitors will be invited to view a portrait of Margaret "Peggy" Shippen Arnold, painted by Daniel Gardner (1750-1805), that is on view in the exhbition Fac e to Facebook. Purchase tickets online below or for more information call 215-685-4829 or email firstname.lastname@example.org