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Pauline Maier’s American Revolution


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ben_franklins_worldHow much can the work of one historian impact how we view and study the American Revolution?

In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History, we investigate the answer to this question by exploring the life and work of Pauline Maier, a historian who spent her life researching and investigating the American Revolution. Over the course of her lifetime, Maier wrote four important books about the American Revolution: From Resistance to Revolution (Knopf, 1973), The Old Revolutionaries (Knopf, 1980), American Scripture (Knopf, 1997), and Ratification (Simon & Schuster, 2010).

Mary Beth Norton, Joanne Freeman, Todd Estes, and Lindsay Chervinsky join us as we journey through Maier’s body of work to better understand the American Revolution and how one historian can impact how we view and study history. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/155

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Freedoms We Lost in the American Revolution


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ben_franklins_worldDeclaring independence from Great Britain required the formation of new governments.

But why did Americans want and need new governments? And how did their interactions and experiences with their old, colonial governments inform their decisions to create new governments?

In this episode of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History, Barbara Clark Smith, a curator in the division of political history at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the author of The Freedoms We Lost: Consent and Resistance in Revolutionary America (The New Press, 2010), leads us on an exploration of how Americans interacted with their government before the American Revolution and how the Revolution changed their interaction and ideas about government. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/154

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Orange Co: Rev War Living History Day at Hathorn House


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Hathorn HouseOn Saturday, October 7th, from noon to 3 pm, the Friends of Hathorn House will honor the legacy of General John Hathorn and his militia on the lawn at his historic home, located at 21 Hathorn Road, in Warwick, Orange County, NY.

Owners Sylwia Kubasiak and Arek Kwapinski will host the Friends’ living history group and members of the Navasing Long Rifles to show aspects of life in the Warwick Valley during the Revolutionary War. Visitors will also be able see the transformation of the exterior of the house from its state of near ruin to restored.  Continue reading

Rev War: USS Philadelphia Gunboat Being Rebuilt in A Day


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USS Philadelphia Gunboat replica2017 New York State Fair opening day visitors will be able to see a replica of the gunboat USS Philadelphia that carried General Benedict Arnold and his Continental Army troops in 1776 during the Revolutionary War rebuilt in just one day, Wednesday, August 23.

Erich Tichonuk, co-executive director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, VT, will lead the assembly of the replica of the oldest surviving American fighting naval vessel. The original Philadelphia was discovered in Lake Champlain in 1935 and is now housed at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. Continue reading

Jacob’s Land: Settling New York’s Frontier


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jacobs land book coverCharles Yaple’s Jacob’s Land: Revolutionary War Soldiers, Schemers, Scoundrels and the Settling of New York’s Frontier is a archival based account of life on the New York frontier before, during, and after the American Revolutionary War.

The book is a family narrative, that follows the experiences of a German immigrant family, Indian Leader Joseph Brant, and George Washington’s Surveyor General, Simeon DeWitt.

The books spans the history of French and Indian War, the Burgoyne Campaign and Battles of Saratoga and Monmouth, the Clinton Campaign of 1779, Native Indian trails west, the early history of Ithaca, and more. Continue reading

Battle of Brooklyn Commemoration Planned August 26-27


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The Green-Wood Historic Fund is commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn with a weekend of events on Saturday and Sunday, August 26-27, 2017.

Fought on August 27, 1776 across Brooklyn, including land that is now part of Green-Wood Cemetery, it was the first battle of the American Revolution to be waged after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

In terms of the total number of British and American troops poised and ready to fight, this was the largest battle of the Revolution. Continue reading

Bennington Battle Day: Free Admission To VT Historic Sites


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mount independence historic siteAugust 16 is a Vermont State Holiday commemorating Bennington Battle Day and the victory over the British on August 16, 1777.

To celebrate this Revolutionary War victory, admission is free on August 16th to the Bennington Battle Monument, Chimney Point (Addison), Mount Independence (Orwell), President Calvin Coolidge (Plymouth), and Justin Morrill (Strafford) Vermont State Historic Sites.

For further information, visit the Vermont State-owned Historic Sites website.

Photo: Mount Independence Historic Site, courtesy Vermont.gov.

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: www.benfranklinsworld.com/144

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