Revolution In Play

The American revolutionaries won their independence while nurturing liberty and unity, creating a continental republic of free citizens. Doing as well is the challenge of Revolutionary Choices, the American Revolution Institute’s new educational video game, set for release in fall 2019. Players face the dilemmas confronted by the revolutionaries as they struggle to recruit and supply troops, win French support, suppress loyalists and defeat the British without trampling on rights or fracturing the union. Winning is tough—just as it was in the eighteenth century.

Learn more about Revolutionary Choices here.


The American Revolution and the French Military Enlightenment

French officers such as the marquis de Chastellux and the comte de Rochambeau considered themselves to be “military philosophers” who brought Enlightenment philosophical spirit to global military enterprise. Join us on October 10 at 6:30 p.m. to hear Christy Pichichero, associate professor at George Mason University, shed light on their analyses of American people, customs and ways of war and how fighting in the American Revolution influenced their politics and worldviews in surprising ways.


Revolutionary Reflections: French Memories of the War for America

An exciting array of journals, memoirs and portraits—several on public display for the first time—illustrate the varied impressions and recollections of French officers who served in America during the Revolutionary War. The exhibition, which is on view through October 27, also reflects how the upheaval of the French Revolution reshaped those memories.


How We Got Here

If you’re surprised by reports that “student activists” at Hofstra University are demanding the removal of a statue of Thomas Jefferson from campus because “Jefferson’s values aided in the construction of institutionalized racism and justified the subjugation of black people in the United […]