Captives of Liberty: Prisoners of War and the Politics of Vengeance in the American Revolution

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Captives of Liberty: Prisoners of War and the Politics of Vengeance in the American Revolution
T. Cole Jones
Purdue University
February 27, 2020
00:58:06

T. Cole Jones, assistant professor of history at Purdue University, discusses 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 rooms of the Continental Congress to the prison camps of Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, Dr. Jones explores the factors that transformed the fight for independence into a war for vengeance.

Video courtesy of C-SPAN’s American History TV