The American Revolution is embedded in the American character. It’s an event that can tell us who we are, how we came to be who we are, and how we can strive to be who we want to be as a nation and people.
Rick Atkinson, a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a journalist who has worked at The Washington Post, and the author of The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777, joins us to explore how the War for Independence has impacted and shaped the American character.
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Ben Franklin’s World is a podcast about early American history.
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In this episode, Rick Atkinson, a three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a journalist who has worked as a reporter, foreign correspondent, and senior editor at The Washington Post, and the author of The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777, joins us to explore how the War for Independence has impacted and shaped the American character.
During our exploration, Rick reveals why it’s important for us to view the American Revolution through both British and American perspectives; The scarcity the American and British armies experienced during the war; And, the violence and devastation wrought by the War for Independence and what that violence and devastation can tell us about the American character.
What You’ll Discover
- The title of Rick’s book, The British Are Coming
- The Georgian Papers Programme
- King George III and his papers
- How knowing King George III changes how we view the Revolution
- Seeing the American Revolution through both British and American perspectives
- The American Revolution as a civil war
- The violence of the Revolution
- Scarcity of materials during the War for Independence
- Devastation in the War for Independence
- Battle of Bunker Hill
- Benjamin and William Franklin
- How officers kept soldiers in the fight
- The Turtle
- War and technology
- The Battles of Trenton and Princeton, 1776-1777
- What Rick wants us to know about the American Revolution
Links to People, Places, and Publications
- Rick Atkinson
- The British Are Coming
- New-York Historical Society
- Georgian Papers Programme
- Library of the Society of the Cincinnati
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Time Warp Question
In your opinion, what might have happened if the British Army had been better supplied? How would the War for American Independence have been different If the British Army had had all the supplies it needed to wage war?
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