American Revolution Podcast
Episode 101 The British Land at Staten Island

Episode 101 The British Land at Staten Island

June 16, 2019

The British get off to a late start, not assembling their massive invasion force at New York until August 1776. When they disembark on Staten Island, the Continentals see the largest overseas military force Britain had ever assembled.

The British fleet sails past ineffective Continental defenses. Admiral Howe attempts to begin peace talks without any luck.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Under the Guns New York 1775-1776, by Bruce Bliven

Online Recommendation of the Week: revolutionary-war-and-beyond.com

 

Episode 100 The Declaration of Independence

Episode 100 The Declaration of Independence

June 9, 2019

We review the Declaration line by line and explain what it means.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence, by Pauline Maier 

Online Recommendation of the Week: Revolutions Podcast, by Mike Duncan

 

Episode 099 Drafting the Declaration

Episode 099 Drafting the Declaration

June 2, 2019

The Continental Congress appoints a committee headed by Thomas Jefferson to draft a declaration while debate over independence continues.  After Congress approves the Declaration with modifications, it is distributed to the world, then later signed.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: What Did the Declaration Declare, by Joseph Ellis (ed) &
The Fourth of July and the Founding of America, by Peter de Bolla

Online Recommendation of the Week: Ben Franklin's World Podcast with Liz Covart

Episode 098 Voting for Independence

Episode 098 Voting for Independence

May 26, 2019

In the spring of 1776, the Second Continental Congress struggles to reach a unanimous vote on independence.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Signing Their Lives Away, by by Denise Kiernan and Joseph D'Agnese

Online Recommendation of the week: Online Liberty Library oll.libertyfund.org

 

Episode 097 A Coup in Philadelphia

Episode 097 A Coup in Philadelphia

May 19, 2019

Radicals in Philadelphia overthrow the conservative colonial government.  They install radicals just in time to get Pennsylvania to support independence.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Revolution Is Now Begun: The Radical Committees of Philadelphia, 1765-1776, by Richard Alan Ryerson 

Online Recommendation of the Week archive.org

Episode 096 The Battle for Sullivan’s Island

Episode 096 The Battle for Sullivan’s Island

May 12, 2019

General Henry Clinton and Commodore Peter Parker attempt to capture Fort Sullivan in the harbor of Charleston South Carolina.  Although Continental General Charles Lee attempts to abandon the fort, the fort commander Colonel William Moultrie refuses.  The British fail take the fort and must retreat back to New York without any military success.

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Book Recommendation of the Week Crescent Moon Over Carolina: William Moultrie and American Liberty, by C. L. Bragg, 2013.

Online Recommendation of the Week: www.carolana.com

 

 

Episode 095 The Battle of Trois-Rivières (Three Rivers)

Episode 095 The Battle of Trois-Rivières (Three Rivers)

May 5, 2019

General Sullivan takes command in Canada, only to be overwhelmed by the British reinforcements commanded by Generals Carleton and Burgoyne.  The Continentals attack the British at Three Rivers, only to be repelled.  Even more devastating is smallpox still ravaging the army.  With General Arnold's assistance the Army successfully retreats back to New York largely intact.

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Episode 094 War at Sea, Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet

Episode 094 War at Sea, Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet

April 28, 2019

Elements of the Continental Navy as well as a hoard of privateers harass and battle with the British Navy up and down the East coast. Naval Commodore John Barry emerges and an early naval hero.

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Episode 093 The Dave Mathews Band Breaks Up

Episode 093 The Dave Mathews Band Breaks Up

April 21, 2019

General Washington struggles to set up defenses in New York despite Tories all around him.  The Continental army riots with NY Prostitutes after they murder two soldiers.  The Army discovers and shuts down a plot to murder Washington ahead of the British invasion.  One soldier is hanged and mayor David Mathews is taken into custody.

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Episode 092 State Constitutions, Part 2

Episode 092 State Constitutions, Part 2

April 14, 2019

Following the Declaration of Independence, most of the remaining States adopt new Constitutions.  We examine why Massachusetts took so long and why Connecticut and Rhode Island did not even bother with one.

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