Sarah Banks and the Married Women’s Property Act of 1877

Lecture Video


Christopher Collier, Professor of History and former Official State Historian of Connecticut (1984-2004) “Sarah Banks and the Married Women’s Property Act of 1877” from University of Bridgeport on Vimeo.


Christopher Collier, Professor of History and former Official State Historian of Connecticut (1984-2004) “Sarah Banks and the Married Women’s Property Act of 1877”

On October 13, Professor Christopher Collier will speak at Necessary Voices on his current project, about a Fairfield woman who he says should be a Feminist hero but is an unknown. Sarah Banks Sherwood spent 6 months in the county jail in Bridgeport in 1865 for contesting Connecticut’s coverture policies in 1865.

Professor Collier is teaching a history course here this semester, The History of Connecticut. This class marks the 50th anniversary of the first class he taught at UB in the 1960s! Besides having been the official Connecticut State Historian (1984-2004), he is well known for his many children’s history books, the most famous of which is “My Brother Sam Is Dead,” about the Revolutionary War. It won a Newbery Honor. He is now Professor Emeritus of History at UConn.