The Common Cause of the American Revolution

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ben_franklins_worldHow do you get people living in thirteen different colonies to come together and fight for independence?

What ideas and experiences would even unite them behind the fight?

Patriot leaders asked themselves these very questions, especially as the American Revolution turned from a series of political protests against imperial policies to a bloody war for independence. What’s more, Patriot leaders also asked themselves once we find these ideas and experiences, how do we use them to unite the American people?

In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Robert Parkinson, an Assistant Professor of History at Binghamton University and author of the award-winning book, The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution (UNCPress, 2016), has some ideas for how patriot leaders answered these questions. You can listen to the podcast here:


Ben Franklin’s World is a podcast for people who love history and for those who want to know more about the historical people and events that have impacted and shaped our world. Each episode features an interview with an historian who shares their unique insights into our early American past.

4 thoughts on “The Common Cause of the American Revolution

  1. Jonathan Richards

    Ms. Covart , I have clicked on the highlighted link and have accessed the Podcast #144. False Alarm, sorry. I sometimes find the internet not very intuitive. Jonathan ( Jack ) Richards in Missouri.

  2. Jonathan Richards

    Excellent interview/Podcast. Historian Robert Parkinson sets forth ideas/interpretations , primarily based on media study , of the mind set of colonists as impacted by political activists , including Ben Franklin. The end result was a public consciousness of “common cause” which would support a unity of purpose and commitment to pursue a war against the British colonial power. I am put in mind of IDEAS AND MEN by my fine college professor Crane Brinton (1950). Well done NYHB. I fear I may have sent two similar comments. When you are 81 years old and computer illiterate you often ask for understanding forgiveness. Thanks


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