American Revolution Podcast
Episode 109 Great Fire of NY & Hanging Nathan Hale

Episode 109 Great Fire of NY & Hanging Nathan Hale

August 11, 2019

After the Continental Army evacuates and the British occupy New York City, a night fire burns a quarter of the town.  The British capture Captain Nathan Hale and hang him as a spy.  The Americans court martial a deserter.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The British Are Coming, by Rick Atkinson

Online Recommendation of the Week: https://jstor.org

 

Episode 108 The French Connection

Episode 108 The French Connection

August 4, 2019

France makes plans for covert aid to America.  Silas Deane arrives to encourage such aid.  French foreign minister puts him in contact with a playwright and part-time arms dealer name Beaumarchais.  The British spy network immediately infiltrate all of this to thwart their plans.  Also, others from America and in France attempt to block the attempt for personal reasons.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Unlikely Allies: How a Merchant, a Playwright, and a Spy Saved the American Revolution, by Joel Richard Paul

Online Recommendation of the Week: https://TheFrenchHistoryPodcast.com

Episode 107 Kip’s Bay and Harlem Heights

Episode 107 Kip’s Bay and Harlem Heights

July 28, 2019

The British land at Kip's Bay on Manhattan, scattering the patriot defenders.  A few days later, British advance forces run into more effective resistance at Harlem Heights.  While the British capture the island, they allow the Continental army to escape to the north.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Revolution on the Hudson, by George C. Daughan

Online Recommendation of the Week: https://mountvernon.org

 

Episode 106 Arms Race on Lake Champlain

Episode 106 Arms Race on Lake Champlain

July 21, 2019

The British spend months putting together a fleet to crush the Americans on Lake Champlain and retake Fort Ticonderoga.  Generals Carleton and Burgoyne do not get along and create a divided command.  Those divisions, however, are nothing compared the divisions on the American site where Generals Schuyler and Gates fight to control the northern Continental Army.  General Arnold also fights with a court martial, which tries to hold him in contempt.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Benedict Arnold's Navy, by James Nelson.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Dispatches Podcast, with Brady Critzer

Episode 105 Staten Island Peace Conference

Episode 105 Staten Island Peace Conference

July 14, 2019

After capturing Brooklyn and Long Island General Howe and Admiral Howe halt their military offensive for two weeks.  During that time, they invite three members of the Continental Congress to discuss the possibility of a negotiated peace.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Stop the Revolution: America in the Summer of Independence and the Conference for Peace, by Thomas J. McGuire 

Online Recommendation of the Week: Industrial Revolutions Podcast https://industrialrevolutionspod.com

Episode 104 Submarine Warfare

Episode 104 Submarine Warfare

July 7, 2019

The Continental Army attempts to blow up the HMS Eagle in New York Harbor in September 1776.  Using the work of David Bushnell and a small team, attempts to attach an underwater mine after reaching the ship using a one man submarine.  The explosive fails to attach and the mission is a failure.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Turtle: David Bushnell's Revolutionary Vessel, by Roy R. Manstan and Frederic J. Frese

Online Recommendation of the Week: American Heritage https://www.americanheritage.com

 

Episode 103 The Battle of Brooklyn

Episode 103 The Battle of Brooklyn

June 30, 2019

The British land 20,000 men on Long Island.  Using a flanking maneuver, they easily kill, capture, and scatter the inexperienced Americans.  Just as the regulars and Hessians appear to inflict the final death blow, British general Howe calls a halt to the assault.  He fears sending his troops against the dug in Continentals along the East River.  Instead, he opts for a slow advance of digging entrenchments.  The British delay, along with the luck of weather, allows the Americans to escape back to Manhattan Island.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Battle of Brooklyn, 1776, By John J. Gallagher.

Online Recommendation of the Week: American Battlefield Trust https://www.battlefields.org

 

Episode 102 Cherokee War in the South

Episode 102 Cherokee War in the South

June 23, 2019

British Indian Agents encourage the Cherokee to attack the colonies in rebellion.  Cherokee tribes along the western frontiers of Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia coordinate their attacks for about the same time the British attack the Carolina coast.  After the British attack founders at Fort Sullivan and they abandon the south, the Americans are able to focus on the Cherokee and the Tories fighting with them.

Fighting is brutal on both sides.  Civilians are murdered.  Men, women, and children are tortured.  Neither side shows much interest in taking prisoners.  After nearly a year of fighting, the Cherokee sue for peace.  A new treaty forces them to give up millions of acres and move further west.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: A Demand of Blood: The Cherokee War of 1776, by Nadia Dean.

Online Recommendation of the Week: https://www.ncpedia.org

 

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