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February 2020

Author’s Talk – Captives of Liberty: Prisoners of War and the Politics of Vengeance in the American Revolution

February 27, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
Free

T. Cole Jones, assistant professor of history at Purdue University, discusses and signs copies of his book examining the ways the revolutionary generation dealt with the more than seventeen thousand enemy soldiers captured during the war. The number of enemy prisoners in American custody often exceeded that of American soldiers in the Continental Army. These prisoners proved increasingly burdensome for the new nation as the war progressed, and a series of thorny political issues compounded these logistical difficulties. From the meeting…

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March 2020

Author’s Talk – 1774: The Long Year of Revolution

March 5, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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Mary Beth Norton, the Mary Donlon Alger Professor Emerita of American History at Cornell University, discusses and signs copies of her new book analyzing the revolutionary change that took place between December 1773 and April 1775—from the Boston Tea Party and the first Continental Congress to the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Drawing extensively on pamphlets, newspapers and personal correspondence, Dr. Norton reconstructs colonial political discourse as it happened, showing the vigorous campaign mounted by conservatives criticizing congressional actions. But…

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EVENT CANCELLED: Lunch Bite – The Badge of Military Merit

March 20, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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Due to the current public health emergency, this event has been cancelled.  Join Deputy Director and Curator Emily Schulz Parsons for a discussion of the Badge of Military Merit, the first military decoration for enlisted men and the precursor to the modern Purple Heart. Declaring that “the road to glory in a patriot army and a free country is … open to all,” George Washington established the badge in August 1782 to recognize distinguished conduct and to encourage “virtuous ambition” and…

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EVENT CANCELLED: Concert – Can’t Help Singing

March 21, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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Due to the current public health emergency, this event has been cancelled.  Nancy Peery Marriott, soprano, and David Chapman, piano, return to Anderson House for a performance of classical music for voice and piano. The performance will include favorites composed by John Duke, George Gershwin and Rodgers and Hammerstein. The concert will last approximately one hour. Registration is required for this free event.   About the Performers Nancy Peery Marriott has appeared extensively in concert, oratorio and recital throughout the…

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EVENT CANCELLED: Lecture – Suffering Soldiers: Moral Sentiment and Veterans’ Pensions

March 30, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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Due to the current public health emergency, this event has been cancelled.  John Resch, professor emeritus of history at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, discusses how the moral sentiment of gratitude, as expressed in the image of the suffering soldier, transformed the memory of the Revolutionary War and its veterans in the early American republic. This popular depiction legitimized the Continental Army as a republican institution, credited it with securing independence and led to the creation of pensions.…

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