American Revolution Podcast
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 

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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.

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Episode 095 The Battle of Trois-Rivières (Three Rivers)

Episode 095 The Battle of Trois-Rivières (Three Rivers)

May 5, 2019

General Sullivan takes command in Canada, only to be overwhelmed by the British reinforcements commanded by Generals Carleton and Burgoyne.  The Continentals attack the British at Three Rivers, only to be repelled.  Even more devastating is smallpox still ravaging the army.  With General Arnold's assistance the Army successfully retreats back to New York largely intact.

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Episode 094 War at Sea, Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet

Episode 094 War at Sea, Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet

April 28, 2019

Elements of the Continental Navy as well as a hoard of privateers harass and battle with the British Navy up and down the East coast. Naval Commodore John Barry emerges and an early naval hero.

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Episode 093 The Dave Mathews Band Breaks Up

Episode 093 The Dave Mathews Band Breaks Up

April 21, 2019

General Washington struggles to set up defenses in New York despite Tories all around him.  The Continental army riots with NY Prostitutes after they murder two soldiers.  The Army discovers and shuts down a plot to murder Washington ahead of the British invasion.  One soldier is hanged and mayor David Mathews is taken into custody.

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Episode 092 State Constitutions, Part 2

Episode 092 State Constitutions, Part 2

April 14, 2019

Following the Declaration of Independence, most of the remaining States adopt new Constitutions.  We examine why Massachusetts took so long and why Connecticut and Rhode Island did not even bother with one.

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Episode 091 State Constitutions, Part 1

Episode 091 State Constitutions, Part 1

April 7, 2019

In 1775 and 1776, even before officially declaring independence, the colonies begin adopting constitutions.  We see many of the principles later found in the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution showing up in these first attempts at self-government.

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Episode 090 Battle of the Cedars

Episode 090 Battle of the Cedars

March 31, 2019

General John Thomas takes command of Continental forces around Quebec.  Despite his efforts, the Continentals must withdraw as the British relief fleet arrives in spring 1776.  An American force surrenders to an inferior force at an outpost known as the Cedars, leading to scandal and courts martial.

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Episode 089: Washington Moves to New York

Episode 089: Washington Moves to New York

March 24, 2019

In the months between the time the British evacuate Boston and land in New York, Washington had plenty of time to work with his army to build up defenses around New York City and to confer with leaders in Philadelphia.  

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Episode 088 British War Plans 1776

Episode 088 British War Plans 1776

March 17, 2019

The North Ministry settles on a plan to send an overwhelming force.  They will shock and awe the colonists into submission.  General Howe will command an army of 32,000 regulars and Hessians supported by his brother Admiral Howe commanding over 10,000 sailors and Marines.  A secondary force of 8000 under General Burgoyne will go to Quebec and fall under the command of General Carleton.

The Howe brothers will capture and occupy New York City, then expand out from there.  They also will serve as Peace Commissioners, with limited authority to grant pardons once the rebels submit to proper authority in London.

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