What do we know about the American Revolution? Why is it important that we see the Revolution as a political event, a war, a time of social and economic reform, and as a time oviolence and upheaval?
Woody Holton, a Professor of History at the University of South Carolina and the author of Liberty is Sweet: The Hidden History of the American Revolution, joins us to explore and discuss answers to these questions so that we can better see and understand the American Revolution as a whole event.
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Woody Holton, a Professor of History at the University of South Carolina and the author of Liberty is Sweet: The Hidden History of the American Revolution, joins us to explore and discuss why it is important to view the many parts of the American Revolution together as a whole event.
During our exploration, Woody reveals what Woody sees as the primary cause of the American Revolution; The event Woody sees as the start of the American Revolution; And details about several events of the American Revolution that we’ve yet to explore on this podcast.
What You’ll Discover
- What prompted Woody to write a comprehensive history of the Revolution
- Ideas about the primary cause of the American Revolution
- The role of slavery in the Revolution
- “Informal” alliance between Blacks and the British Army
- Formal alliances between Native Americans and the British Army
- When the American Revolution began
- Economic origins of the American Revolution
- Nonimportation/nonexportation Movements
- Regulator Movements in North Carolina and South Carolina
- Gaspee Affair, June 1772
- The Navigation Acts as an origin of the American Revolution
- Why historians divide the War for Independence into two phases
- The “turning point battle” of the War for American Independence
- The Battle of King’s Mountain, 1780
- Life on the homefront during the War for Independence
- Disease and the War for Independence
- Boston Coffee Riot, 1777
Links to People, Places, and Publications
- Woody Holton
- Woody on Twitter
- Liberty is Sweet: The Hidden History of the American Revolution
- Robert Middlekauff, The Glorious Cause
- Gary Nash, The Unknown American Revolution
- Alan Taylor, American Revolutions
- James McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom
- T. Cole Jones, Captives of Liberty: Prisoners of War and the Politics of Vengeance in the American Revolution
- Simon Schama, Rough Crossings: The Slaves, the British, and the American Revolution
- Benjamin Quarles, The Negro and the American Revolution
- Cassandra Pybus, Epic Journeys of Freedom: Runaway Slaves of the American Revolution and their Global Quest for Liberty
- Gerald Horne, The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America
- Mary Beth Norton, Liberty’s Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 1750-1800
- Marjoleine Kars, Breaking Loose Together: The Regulator Rebellion in Pre-Revolutionary North Carolina
- John Bell
- Omohundro Institute
- Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
- Seizing Freedom: A podcast on Black liberation, progress & joy
- Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water Notification Database
Support Ben Franklin's World
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In your opinion, what might have happened if Congress had selected Artemas Ward of Massachusetts instead of George Washington of Virginia as head of the Continental Army in June 1775? How might the American Revolution have been different?
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