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January 2021

Virtual Author’s Talk – America’s First Veterans

January 13, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Executive Director Jack Warren discusses America’s First Veterans, the new book from the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati. Using eighty-five manuscripts, rare books, prints, broadsides, paintings and other artifacts, America’s First Veterans introduces the stories of the men—and some women—who bore arms in the Revolutionary War. The book follows their fate in the seventy years after the war’s end and traces the development of public sentiment that led to the first comprehensive military pensions in our history.…

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February 2021

Virtual Author’s Talk – The Cabinet: Washington and the Creation of an American Institution

February 24, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual
Free
Lindsay Chervinsky speaks online about her book "The Cabinet."

Lindsay M. Chervinsky discusses The Cabinet: Washington and the Creation of an American Institution, an examination of the extralegal creation of the president’s advisory body in response to the threats facing George Washington and the first administration. The book also demonstrates the importance of Washington’s military experience to the formation of the presidency and the federal government. Faced with diplomatic crises, domestic insurrections and constitutional challenges—and finding congressional help lacking—George Washington decided he needed a group of advisors. Washington modeled his new cabinet on…

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March 2021

Virtual Author’s Talk – The Boston Massacre: A Family History

March 4, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual
Free

Serena Zabin, professor of history and director of the American studies program at Carleton College, discusses her book on the personal and political conflicts that erupted in the Boston Massacre. Following the British troops dispatched from Ireland to Boston in 1768 to suppress colonial unrest, Dr. Zabin has uncovered the forgotten stories of the many regimental wives and children who accompanied these armies and who became neighbors to the colonists in Boston. When soldiers shot unarmed citizens in the street,…

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April 2021

Virtual Author’s Talk – George Washington’s Final Battle: The Epic Struggle to Build a Capital City and a Nation

April 19, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual
Free
Cropped cover image of George Washington's Final Battle by Robert P. Watson.

Robert P. Watson, professor of American history at Lynn University, discusses his book on the role of George Washington in the creation of the District of Columbia. The first president is remembered for leading the Continental Army to victory, presiding over the Constitutional Convention and forging a new nation, but less well known is the story of his involvement in the establishment of a capital city and how it nearly tore the United States apart. In George Washington's Final Battle, Watson…

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May 2021

Virtual Author’s Talk – The Compleat Victory: Saratoga and the American Revolution

May 6, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual
Free

Following the successful expulsion of American forces from Canada in 1776, the British forces were determined to end the rebellion and devised what they believed a war-winning strategy. They were to send General John Burgoyne south to rout the Americans and take Albany. When British forces captured Fort Ticonderoga with unexpected ease in July of 1777, it looked as if it was a matter of time before they would break the rebellion in the North. Less than three and a…

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