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Saturday, January 9, 2021 10:00 am - 3:15 pm
Explore the tumultuous years between 1775 and 1783 from the perspective of military recruitment, the wars on the home front and the struggles of people of color.
“The history of our Revolution will be one continued lie from one end to the other,” wrote John Adams in 1790. “The essence of the whole will be that Dr. Franklin’s electrical rod smote the Earth and out sprang General Washington.”
As Adams understood, the real story of the American Revolution is far more than the catalog of deeds done by a handful of famous men. Declaring independence on a piece of parchment on a summer’s day in Philadelphia in 1776 would have meant nothing had not tens of thousands of ordinary Americans been willing to support that cause and fight to make it a reality.
People at the time knew this, though too often today we forget. As Joseph Plumb Martin, a private in the Continental Army, later put it: “Great men get praise; little men, nothing.”
Richard Bell, professor of history at the University of Maryland, explores the tumultuous years between 1775 and 1783 from the perspective of these “little men” by examining military recruitment, the wars on the home front and in Native American territory, the struggles of people of color, and the experiences of loyalists.
Presented on Zoom. $80 for nonmembers. Registration.