The Critical Time After Yorktown

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The Critical Time After Yorktown
William M. Fowler, Jr.
Professor of History, Northeastern University
April 5, 2013

Many people assume that the Revolutionary War ended with the surrender of the British army at Yorktown in October 1781. In fact, the war continued for two more traumatic years. During that time, the Revolution came as close to being lost as any time in the preceding six years. When Congress failed to pay the army, rumors of mutiny roiled through the ranks, culminating in George Washington’s legendary address to his officers in Newburgh, New York, on March 15, 1783. Professor Fowler chronicles the events of the last two years of the war and discusses how Washington saved the republic.

Part 1 of 8: The Revolutionary War After Yorktown (6:51)

Part 2 of 8: War on the Hudson: The Continental Army in Newburgh (8:46)

Part 3 of 8: Alexander Hamilton and the Nationalists of Congress (5:29)

Part 4 of 8: How Congress Tried to Corrupt Revolutionary War Generals (5:39)

Part 5 of 8: The Newburgh Conspiracy: Revolt During the Revolution (5:14)

Part 6 of 8: George Washington’s Newburgh Address (5:54)

Part 7 of 8: The Newburgh Address: Washington’s Sight and the Speech (4:11)

Part 8 of 8: Returning to Mount Vernon and the Treaty of Paris (3:31)


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