American Revolution Episodes

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175. Finding Redemption from Tyranny with Bruce Stewart

Sept. 10, 2020

Conversations at the Washington Library kicks off Season 5 by exploring the life of a radical populist who never met a revolution he didn’t like. Almost unbelievably, Herman Husband participated in some of the most significa…

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174. (Recast) Tracing the Rise and Fall of Light-Horse Harry Lee with Ryan Cole

Sept. 3, 2020

This episode originally aired in September 2019. You may know him as Robert E. Lee’s father, but Henry “Light-Horse Harry” Lee was so much more. Born into a Virginia dynasty, the man who would become one of George Washington…

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170. Forging a Founding Partnership with Edward J. Larson

Aug. 6, 2020

Season 5 of the podcast drops in a few weeks. In the meantime, we're pleased to offer you Library Executive Director Kevin Butterfield’s recent live stream conversation with Edward J. Larson. Larson is the author of many boo…

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168. Mining King George III's Papers with Zara Anishanslin and Arthur Burns

July 23, 2020

While work continues on the podcast's upcoming Season 5, we’re pleased to offer you another summer interlude. For today’s show, we bring you the audio version of Jim Ambuske's recent live stream chat with Professors Zara Ani…

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167. Reconstructing the Indian World of George Washington with Colin Calloway

July 16, 2020

Week 3 of our summer hiatus is another opportunity to bring you a fascinating look at early America courtesy of some of our recent live stream programming. On today’s show, we bring you Library Executive Director Kevin Butte…

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166. Mobilizing the Will of the People with T. H. Breen

July 9, 2020

We're excited to bring you Season 5 of Conversations at the Washington Library in a few short weeks. But in the meantime we’ll keep you entertained as promised. Today, we bring you the audio version of Executive Director Kev…

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165. Facing the Long Year of Revolution with Mary Beth Norton

July 2, 2020

Summer has arrived and with it the end of Season 4 of Conversations at the Washington Library . But don't despair! While we're busy recording new episodes for Season 5, we'll keep the conversation going by bringing you the a…

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160. Recasting Tacky's Revolt as an Atlantic Slave War with Vincent Brown

May 28, 2020

Virginia is a landscape shaped by slavery and the enslaved communities who labored in bondage on plantations like Mount Vernon, Monticello, and the smaller farms that surrounded these large estates. But in the eighteenth cen…

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157. Finding the Hidden Families behind the Boston Massacre with Serena Zabin

May 7, 2020

On the evening of March 5, 1770, Captain Thomas Preston and a small contingent of British Redcoats under his command fired into a crowd of civilians massing on King Street in Boston, killing several people. Many of us are fa…

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154. Recovering the Founding Legacy of Dr. Benjamin Rush with Stephen Fried

April 16, 2020

In 1793, the dreaded Yellow Fever swept through Philadelphia. The deadly virus raced through the nation’s capital between August and November, killing at least 5,000 of the city’s inhabitants. Among the multi-racial group of…

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145. Creating the New Map of Empire with Max Edelson

Feb. 13, 2020

When the British defeated the French and their allies in the Seven Years’ War, they acquired vast new territories that expanded British America. Britain’s North America Empire grew to include New Brunswick in Canada, Florida…

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142. Plotting against General Washington with Mark Edward Lender

Jan. 23, 2020

In late 1777, George Washington’s disappointing performance as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army was a source of growing concern among some army officers and members of Congress. While he had won important victories…

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137. Seeing the British Side of the American Revolution with Andrew O'Shaughnessy

Dec. 19, 2019

What does the American Revolution look like from a British vantage point? How does that change the way we think about the origins of the United States, and major figures such as George Washington , Thomas Jefferson , or Geor…

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136. Executing Major John André with D.A.B. Ronald

Dec. 12, 2019

On October 2, 1780, Major John André was executed as a spy on George Washington’s orders. The British officer had convinced American general Benedict Arnold to switch allegiances, but having been caught in the act, André was…

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135. Editing Early America with Nadine Zimmerli

Dec. 5, 2019

Dr. Nadine Zimmerli recently joined The University of Virginia Press as its editor of History and Social Sciences books. A former editor at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture , Zimmerli is a historia…