American Revolution Podcast
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

 

Episode 099 Drafting the Declaration

Episode 099 Drafting the Declaration

June 2, 2019

The Continental Congress appoints a committee headed by Thomas Jefferson to draft a declaration while debate over independence continues.  After Congress approves the Declaration with modifications, it is distributed to the world, then later signed.

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Book Recommendations of the Week: What Did the Declaration Declare, by Joseph Ellis (ed) &
The Fourth of July and the Founding of America, by Peter de Bolla

Online Recommendation of the Week: Ben Franklin's World Podcast with Liz Covart

Episode 098 Voting for Independence

Episode 098 Voting for Independence

May 26, 2019

In the spring of 1776, the Second Continental Congress struggles to reach a unanimous vote on independence.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Signing Their Lives Away, by by Denise Kiernan and Joseph D'Agnese

Online Recommendation of the week: Online Liberty Library oll.libertyfund.org

 

Episode 097 A Coup in Philadelphia

Episode 097 A Coup in Philadelphia

May 19, 2019

Radicals in Philadelphia overthrow the conservative colonial government.  They install radicals just in time to get Pennsylvania to support independence.

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Book Recommendation of the Week: The Revolution Is Now Begun: The Radical Committees of Philadelphia, 1765-1776, by Richard Alan Ryerson 

Online Recommendation of the Week archive.org

Episode 096 The Battle for Sullivan’s Island

Episode 096 The Battle for Sullivan’s Island

May 12, 2019

General Henry Clinton and Commodore Peter Parker attempt to capture Fort Sullivan in the harbor of Charleston South Carolina.  Although Continental General Charles Lee attempts to abandon the fort, the fort commander Colonel William Moultrie refuses.  The British fail take the fort and must retreat back to New York without any military success.

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Book Recommendation of the Week Crescent Moon Over Carolina: William Moultrie and American Liberty, by C. L. Bragg, 2013.

Online Recommendation of the Week: www.carolana.com