American Revolution Podcast

ARP237 The King’s Speech

February 6, 2022

London is deeply divided in 1779 over courts martial of top naval officers and Parliamentary hearings with General Howe and Burgoyne over the loss of the army at Saratoga.  Irish militia also hold demonstrations over war-related trade restrictions.

Politicians in London begin turning toward plans to cut their losses and end the war in America.  Only King George III seems to remain rigidly against independence.  He uses his influence to keep war hawks in power and encourage continuation of the war effort.

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Book Recommendation of the Week:  The Last King of America, by Andrew Roberts.

Online Recommendation of the Week:  The narrative of Lieut. Gen. Sir William Howe in a committee of the House of Commons:

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