News

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 summer 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.

Events

Illustrating the Art of War in the 18th Century

Eighteenth-century warfare required the use of manuscript maps, fortification drawings and artillery diagrams that displayed their authors’ military knowledge as well as their artistic skill. Join us on August 16 at 12:30 p.m. for a look at a collection of documents illustrating the art of war with Bénédicte Miyamoto, a library fellow and associate professor at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle.

Exhibitions

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.

Blog

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 […]