1. When British soldiers marched to Concord on April 19, 1775, what were they searching for? As far back as September 1774, royal governor Gen. Thomas Gage and the Massachusetts resistance movement had begun to seize all the cannon they could. The resulting "arms race” included a massive militia uprising, raids on shore batteries, thefts from armories under redcoat guard, spies and counterspies, and an armed takeover of a harbor fort—all before the traditional start of the Revolutionary War. This lecture explores how Massachusetts' political conflict with the Crown turned military, and why both sides kept this history secret J. L. Bell is the author of The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War. He shares his work and other Revolutionary news through daily updates on his website, Boston1775.net. He is an associate editor of the Journal of the American Revolution and assistant editor of the Colonial Comics series published by Fulcrum Books.
    12/14/16

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  2. Edward G. Lengel is author of First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His--and the Nation's—Prosperity. He will describe how Washington's business talents and understanding of economics both informed his strategy and secured his success as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. Lengel is Professor and Director of the Center for Digital Editing at the University of Virginia. His other books include Inventing George Washington: America’s Founder in Myth and Memory and General George Washington: A Military Life.
    11/9/16

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  3. For Gilbert Stuart, the most talented of all eighteenth-century American artists, the Revolution was an opportunity of an unusual sort. He had gone to London as a young man in order to study art under Benjamin West, and soon thereafter he was acclaimed as a painter of the first rank. Unlike the disciplined West however, Stuart was a profligate, drinking and spending and ranting so much that he was forced to escape his British creditors and return to the United States in 1793, in time to paint just about every person who held power, or who wanted it. At heart, he was an entrepreneur who was intent on taking full advantage of the growing market for pictures of Revolutionary heroes. A man who never expressed a political allegiance, or even a political opinion, he was nonetheless responsible for painting the most transcendent portraits of the Founders. In all, he painted Washington 114 times, and those pictures were copied by other painters, then made into authorized and unauthorized prints, and eventually one of them was put on the face of the one-dollar bill, making Stuart’s portrait the most reproduced and most seen picture in history.
    The Stuart image of Washington, painted in the last year of his presidency, during the politically savage debate over the Jay Treaty, paints a picture of the great man standing above the storm of partisan politics. That was an artistic decision, and it was a political decision. It allowed Washington to be remembered—eternally--in a specified way. This lecture explores the content of Stuart’s pictures of Washington, as well as the roiling politics that shaped it.

    Paul Staiti is the author of "Of Arms and Artists: The American Revolution Through Painters' Eyes".
    10/28/16

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  4. Tessa Murphy Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History, Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, “The American Revolution in the Southern Caribbean.” (Book Project)

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  5. Sarah Donovan, Undergraduate Lycoming College, Lycoming-DLAR Undergraduate Fellow "The Changing Identities of Scots Irish in Colonial Pennsylvania"

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David Library of the American Revolution

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The David Library of the American Revolution is a specialized research library dedicated to the study of American history circa 1750 to 1800. We are open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, admission free. The David Library is…


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The David Library of the American Revolution is a specialized research library dedicated to the study of American history circa 1750 to 1800. We are open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, admission free. The David Library is a non-profit educational institution. Our mission is the collection and dissemination of information on this early period of American history, and the support of related educational programs and scholarly research.

The David Library was founded in 1959 by Sol Feinstone (1888 - 1980), a businessman, philanthropist and collector of Americana. He named the Library in honor of his grandson David Golub who was born developmentally disabled. In order to secure the future of the foundation he established, Mr. Feinstone donated to the institution his extensive collection of Revolutionary war manuscripts, his 118-acre farm on which the Library and auxiliary buildings are situated, and an endowment. In 1974, the present Library building was built and opened to the public.

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