American Revolution Podcast
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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Episode 091 State Constitutions, Part 1

Episode 091 State Constitutions, Part 1

April 7, 2019

In 1775 and 1776, even before officially declaring independence, the colonies begin adopting constitutions.  We see many of the principles later found in the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution showing up in these first attempts at self-government.

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Episode 090 Battle of the Cedars

Episode 090 Battle of the Cedars

March 31, 2019

General John Thomas takes command of Continental forces around Quebec.  Despite his efforts, the Continentals must withdraw as the British relief fleet arrives in spring 1776.  An American force surrenders to an inferior force at an outpost known as the Cedars, leading to scandal and courts martial.

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Episode 089: Washington Moves to New York

Episode 089: Washington Moves to New York

March 24, 2019

In the months between the time the British evacuate Boston and land in New York, Washington had plenty of time to work with his army to build up defenses around New York City and to confer with leaders in Philadelphia.  

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Episode 088 British War Plans 1776

Episode 088 British War Plans 1776

March 17, 2019

The North Ministry settles on a plan to send an overwhelming force.  They will shock and awe the colonists into submission.  General Howe will command an army of 32,000 regulars and Hessians supported by his brother Admiral Howe commanding over 10,000 sailors and Marines.  A secondary force of 8000 under General Burgoyne will go to Quebec and fall under the command of General Carleton.

The Howe brothers will capture and occupy New York City, then expand out from there.  They also will serve as Peace Commissioners, with limited authority to grant pardons once the rebels submit to proper authority in London.

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Episode 087 Canada Spring 1776

Episode 087 Canada Spring 1776

March 10, 2019

Following the failed attempt to take Quebec City, the Continentals keep a token force around the city.  General Benedict Arnold recovers from his wounds while he fights with his fellow officers over what to do next.  General David Wooster pulls rank and takes command of Quebec, forcing Arnold to leave.

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Episode 086 The Evacuation of Boston

Episode 086 The Evacuation of Boston

March 3, 2019

After the Continentals capture Dorchester Heights, the British Army and Navy must leave Boston right away.  Loyalists crowd onto ship and escape to Halifax. Gen. Howe spares the city in exchange for the Continentals not firing on the city or the fleet during the evacuation.

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Episode 085 Dorchester Heights

Episode 085 Dorchester Heights

February 24, 2019

The Continental Army occupies Dorchester Heights overnight, surprising the British and forcing them to evacuate Boston.

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Episode 084 The Continental Navy Raids the Bahamas

Episode 084 The Continental Navy Raids the Bahamas

February 17, 2019

The Continental Congress builds a small fleet to take on the British Navy.  The new Commander of the Continental Navy begins his command by disobeying orders to confront the British Navy directly.  Instead, he launches a raid on the Bahamas to collect needed arms and ammunition.

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