American Revolution Podcast
Live Special Episode from Liberty & Co. in Quakertown, PA.

Live Special Episode from Liberty & Co. in Quakertown, PA.

October 24, 2021

The American Revolution Podcast was recorded live onsite in Quakertown at the grand opening of the new Liberty & Co Store.

We discuss local history, including the Walking Purchase, smuggling the liberty Bell, the Doan Gang, and Fries Rebellion.

 

ARP222 Congress 1779 - Mo Money, Mo Problems

ARP222 Congress 1779 - Mo Money, Mo Problems

October 17, 2021

The Continental Congress uses 1779 to debate the terms of a peace treaty or compensation for the army.  They have difficulty reaching any consensus.  At the same time, Congress continues to emit paper Continental dollars which no one wants to accept.  The ensuing inflation threatens to bring down the economy and the war effort.

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AR-SP12 Nathaniel Philbrick - Travels with George

AR-SP12 Nathaniel Philbrick - Travels with George

October 14, 2021

Interview with award winning author Nathaniel Philbrick.  We discuss his new book, Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy.

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Book: Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy, by Nathaniel Philbrick.

Online: https://www.nathanielphilbrick.com

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ARP221 Collier-Mathew Raids

ARP221 Collier-Mathew Raids

October 10, 2021

Seeking to destroy Continental supplies, the British under Naval Captain George Collier and Army General Edward Mathew attack the Chesapeake Bay area in spring 1779. Shortly after the raids, Thomas Jefferson replaces Patrick Henry as governor of Virginia.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: Lion of Liberty: Patrick Henry and the Call to a New Nation, by Harlow Giles Unger

Online Recommendation of the Week: Jefferson, Thomas as Governor of Virginia: https://encyclopediavirginia.org/entries/jefferson-thomas-as-governor-of-virginia

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ARP220 Assault on Charleston

ARP220 Assault on Charleston

October 3, 2021

May 1779: After American General Benjamin Lincoln moves from his base in South Carolina to reinforce August, British General Augustine Prevost takes a large foraging party of 2000 regulars into South Carolina.  He hopes to collect forage and also to get Lincoln to pull back out of Georgia to protect Charleston.

When Lincoln refuses to engage, the British army finds itself at the gates of Charleston, but without the forces to take the city.  City leaders, fearing an assault, offer to drop out of the war and turn South Carolina into a neutral state.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: Battleground of Freedom: South Carolina in the Revolution, by Nat and Sam Hilborn (view on archive.org).

Online Recommendation of the Week: Sterner, Eric “John Rutledge of South Carolina, 1779” Journal of the American Revolution, March 25, 2021, https://allthingsliberty.com/2021/03/john-rutledge-governor-of-south-carolina-1779

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ARP219 Turning General Arnold

ARP219 Turning General Arnold

September 26, 2021

Over much of 1779 General Arnold struggles to pay his debts, as well as keeping his new trophy wife in style.  At the same time, a court martial to settle the charges against him keep being delayed.

While Arnold struggles, British agents approach him with offers of money if he would assist in bringing the colonies back under royal authority.  Arnold opens up negotiations with Major John André.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: Secret history of the American Revolution: an account of the conspiracies of Benedict Arnold and numerous others, by Carl Van Doren (or borrow on archive.org).

Online Recommendation of the Week: University of Michigan Clements Library: https://clements.umich.edu

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ARP218 Onondaga Creek

ARP218 Onondaga Creek

September 19, 2021

In April, 1779 the Continental Army destroys the villages of the Onondaga Tribe in the initial phase of a larger operation against the Iroquois.  Col. Goose Van Schaick leads the raid to remove this neutral tribe as a support system for loyalist raids into upstate New York.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: Goose Van Schaick of Albany, 1736-1789: The Continental Army's Senior Colonel, by T.W. Egly.

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Van Schaick Expedition, April 1779: https://www.nps.gov/fost/learn/historyculture/the-van-schaick-expedition-april-1779.htm

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ARP217 Spain Enters the War

ARP217 Spain Enters the War

September 12, 2021

Spain signs the Treaty of Aranjuez with France, committing itself to war with Britain.  Spain does not ally directly with the United States.  It hopes to take advantage of Britain's current difficulties recover territories lost to the British, including Gibraltar, Menorca, and the Floridas.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: Spain and the American Revolution: New Approaches and Perspectives

Online Recommendation of the Week: Spain's Declining Power in South America, 1730-1806: https://archive.org/details/spainsdeclining01mosegoog

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ARP216 Chickamauga Creek

ARP216 Chickamauga Creek

September 5, 2021

When the Chickamauga under Dragging Canoe threaten settlements in Western Virginia and North Carolina, the militia under Colonel Even Shelby raid their villages.  The raiders capture tons of supplies provided by British agents and scatter the warrior army.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: Heart of the Eagle: Dragging Canoe & the Emergence of the Chickamauga Confederacy, by Brent Cox. 

Online Recommendation of the Week: Isaac Shelby: Revolutionary Patriot and Border Hero, by Archibald Henderson: https://archive.org/details/isaacshelbyrevol00hend

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ARP215 The Dunkirk Pirate

ARP215 The Dunkirk Pirate

August 29, 2021

Captain Gustavus Conyngham disrupts merchant shipping around Great Britain.  His efforts earn him the moniker "The Dunkirk Pirate" from the British.  He is captured several times but manages to escape. Upon returning to Philadelphia, the Continental Congress challenges his credentials and confiscates his ship.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution, by Mike Duncan.  Order from a private bookseller on Bookshop.org

Online Recommendation of the Week: Letters and Papers Relating to the Cruises of Gustavus Conyngham: A Captain of the Continental Navy, 1777-1779, by Robert Neeser (ed): https://archive.org/details/lettersandpaper00neesgoog

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