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July 2021

Virtual Panel Discussion – French Memoir and Memories of the War for American Independence

July 12, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual
Free

The American Revolution marked the beginning of an age of democratic revolutions that swept over France and challenged the old order throughout the Atlantic world. The French officers who served in the American War of Independence, whether as idealistic volunteers or resolute soldiers of their king, remembered the experience for the rest of their lives. Many preserved their reflections on the revolution in America in daily diaries, private journals and carefully composed memoirs, leaving us with a remarkable array of…

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August 2021

Virtual Author’s Talk – Espionage and Enslavement in the Revolution: The True Story of Robert Townsend and Elizabeth

August 5, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Virtual
Free

In January 1785, a young African American woman named Elizabeth was put on board the Lucretia in New York Harbor, bound for Charleston, where she would be sold to her fifth master in just twenty-two years. Leaving behind a small child she had little hope of ever seeing again, Elizabeth was faced with the stark reality of being sold south to a life quite different from any she had known before. She had no idea that Robert Townsend, a son…

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Virtual Lecture – The Regulator Rebellion in Pre-Revolutionary North Carolina

August 24, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual
Free

Join the Institute in observing the 250th anniversary of events of the American Revolutionary era with a lecture on the Regulator Rebellion from Marjoleine Kars. Years before shots rang out at Lexington and Concord, backcountry settlers in the North Carolina Piedmont launched their own defiant bid for economic independence and political liberty. The Regulator Rebellion of 1766-1771 arose from the conflict created by competing ideologies and goals between the religious outlook of evangelical Protestants and mainstream Anglicans; between the aspirations…

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September 2021

Virtual Author’s Talk – Religion and the American Revolution: An Imperial History

September 14, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual
Free

For most of the eighteenth century, British Protestantism was driven neither by the primacy of denominations nor by fundamental discord between them. Instead, it thrived as part of a complex transatlantic system that bound religious institutions to imperial politics. As Dr. Carté argues, British imperial Protestantism proved remarkably effective in advancing both the interests of empire and the cause of religion until the war for American independence disrupted it. The American Revolution forced a reassessment of the role of religion…

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October 2021

Livestream – The British Are Coming: The War for America Begins

October 22, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual
Free

Watch live online as Rick Atkinson delivers the annual George Rogers Clark Lecture on the beginning of the Revolutionary War and the fight for American independence. Who can doubt that the creation story of our founding in the American Revolution remains valid, vivid and thrilling? Even in 2021, at a moment when national unity is elusive, when our partisan rancor seems ever more toxic, when the simple concept of truth is assailed, that story informs who we are, where we…

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