American Revolution Podcast
ARP236 Diplomatic Offensive

ARP236 Diplomatic Offensive

January 30, 2022

French Minister Conrad Gerard is replaced by Anne-César de La Luzerne. 

Congress realizes it needs more allies in Europe, as well as access to more cash loans.  Congress gives Benjamin Franklin complete control over negotiations with France.  It also appoints John Adams to negotiate a treaty with Great Britain, and John Jay as minster to Spain. 

Congress also appoints Henry Laurens as Minster to the Netherlands.  However Laurens is captured en route and sent to the Tower of London.

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Book Recommendation of the Week:  The American Revolution and the French Alliance, by William C. Stinchcombe (or view on archive.org).

Online Recommendation of the Week: Despatches and instructions of Conrad Alexandre Gérard, 1778-1780; correspondence of the first French minister to the United States with the Comte de Vergennes, https://archive.org/details/despatchesinstru00fran

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Book Recommendation of the Week:  Arms, Country and Class; The Philadelphia Militia and the “Lower Sort” during the American Revolution, by Steven Roswurm.(or read on archive.org)

Online Recommendation of the Week: James Wilson - Nation Builder: https://archive.org/details/jameswilsonnatio00alex

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ARP235 Fort Wilson

ARP235 Fort Wilson

January 23, 2022

By late 1779, supply chain issues and inflation brought about by the war and Continental dollars creates economic desperation in Philadelphia.  Desperate militia members place the blame on greedy merchants of questionable loyalty to the cause.  Their outrage culminates in a military assault on the home of James Wilson.

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Book Recommendation of the Week:  Arms, Country and Class; The Philadelphia Militia and the “Lower Sort” during the American Revolution, by Steven Roswurm.(or read on archive.org)

Online Recommendation of the Week: James Wilson - Nation Builder: https://archive.org/details/jameswilsonnatio00alex

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ARP234 Siege of Savannah

ARP234 Siege of Savannah

January 16, 2022

The Continental Army cooperates with the French Navy to recapture Savannah Georgia from the British in the fall of 1779.  A bloody assault on the city ends with the British holding the city, while the Americans and French withdraw.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Siege of Savannah, in 1779, by Charles C. Jones (or read on archive.org)

Online Recommendation of the Week: Davis, Robert S. “Black Hatian Soldiers at the Siege of Savannah” Journal of the American Revolution, https://allthingsliberty.com/2021/02/black-haitian-soldiers-at-the-siege-of-savannah

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ARP233 Bonhomme Richard vs Serapis

ARP233 Bonhomme Richard vs Serapis

January 9, 2022

John Paul Jones circles around the British Isles, in search of targets to attack.  Frustrated by his slow ship and disobedient officers and crew, Jones fears his mission will end in failure.  then, he encounters the British warship Serapis.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: John Paul Jones and the Bonhomme Richard: A Reconstruction of the Ship and an Account of the Battle With H.M.S. Serapis, by Jean Boudriot & David H. Roberts.

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Navy of the American Revolution: Its Administration, Its Policy and Its Achievements, by Charles Oscar Paullin: https://archive.org/details/navyofamericanre00paul

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ARP232 Jones and the Armada

ARP232 Jones and the Armada

January 2, 2022

John Paul Jones spends nearly a year in France, awaiting a new ship.  He finally receives a converted merchant ship, which he renames the Bonhomme Richard.  The Commodore of a small fleets sets off to bring chaos to Britain while France and Spain prepare for a full-scale invasion of the island.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Sea Raiders of the American Revolution: The Continental Navy in European Waters, by E. Gordon Bowen-Hassell.

Online Recommendation of the Week: Life of John Paul Jones, by John S.C. Abbot: https://archive.org/details/lifeofjohnpauljo01abbo

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ARP231 Paulus Hook

ARP231 Paulus Hook

December 26, 2021

Major Light Horse Harry Lee leads a 1779 raid on one of the few remaining British outposts in New Jersey.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: 'Light Horse Harry' Lee In the War for Independence, by Jim Piecuch and John Beakes

Online Recommendation of the Week: Schenawolf, Harry “Captain Allen McLane: Death Defying Spymaster of the American Revolution” Revolutionary War Journal, March 3, 2019: https://www.revolutionarywarjournal.com/capt-allen-mclane-legendary-hero-spymaster-of-the-american-revolution-or-a-regular-soldier-who-just-did-his-duty

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ARP230 Sullivan Campaign

ARP230 Sullivan Campaign

December 19, 2021

Over the summer and fall of 1779 General John Sullivan and James Clinton lead a campaign of devastation against the hostile tribes of the Iroquois Confederation in upstate New York.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: A Well-Executed Failure: The Sullivan Campaign Against the Iroquois, July-September 1779, by Joseph Fischer

Online Recommendation of the Week: History of Sullivan's campaign against the Iroquois https://archive.org/details/historyofsulliva00nortiala

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ARP229 Baton Rouge

ARP229 Baton Rouge

December 12, 2021

Spain's control of the Louisiana territory remains tenuous in the years leading up to the Revolution.  After Spain intercepts British orders to capture New Orleans, Spain preempts the action by capturing British forts, including Baton Rouge.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Bernardo de Gálvez: Spanish Hero of the American Revolution, by Gonzalo M. Quintero Saravia

Online Recommendation of the Week: History of Louisiana: The Spanish Domination, by Charles Gayarré

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AR-SP15 Andrew Roberts - The Last King of America

AR-SP15 Andrew Roberts - The Last King of America

December 9, 2021

Interview with best selling author Andrew Roberts about his biography of King George III:

The Last King of America: The Misunderstood Reign of George III, 2021.

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ARP228 Penobscot Expedition

ARP228 Penobscot Expedition

December 5, 2021

The Massachusetts Militia, with assistance from the Continental Navy, attempt to dislodge a Loyalist base being established near modern day Castine, Maine.

The American failure led to several courts martial, including that of Lt. Col. Paul Revere.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Penobscot Expedition: Commodore Saltonstall and the Massachusetts Conspiracy of 1779, by George Buker (or read on archive.org).

Online Recommendation of the Week: The Siege of Penobscot by the Rebels, by John Calef: https://archive.org/details/siegepenobscot00calerich

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