Some of the Institute’s lectures have been recorded and are available to watch online. These include recent installments of the annual George Rogers Clark Lecture, a program launched in 1975 to recognize the work of leading historians of the American Revolution; the Society of the Cincinnati Prize, awarded to the author of a distinguished work of history of the era of the American Revolution; and the Catesby Jones Lecture, which highlights the latest research on Revolutionary War history.


Louis XVI and the War of American Independence

Professor John Hardman
October 25, 2019

Professor John Hardman, former lecturer in modern history at the University of Edinburgh and biographer of King Louis XVI, presents the 2019 George Rogers Clark Lecture on the king’s decision to support the American War for Independence. Louis, he…

The American Revolution and the French Military Enlightenment

Christy Pichichero
October 10, 2019

Christy Pichichero, associate professor at George Mason University and the 2015 Tyree-Lamb Fellow of the American Revolution Institute, discusses her work on war and the Enlightenment in the context of French experiences during the American Revolution. French officers such…

Revolutionary War General Daniel Morgan

Albert Louis Zambone
May 6, 2019

Author and historian Albert Zambone discusses his book, Daniel Morgan: A Revolutionary Life. Dr. Zambone speaks about the decisions that shaped Daniel Morgan, a homeless, illiterate teenage laborer who, with ambition, determination and a great deal of luck, became a…

A Portrait of American Loyalist James DeLancey

Emily Schulz Parsons
November 16, 2018

Portraits of American loyalists depicted in the uniforms they wore when they fought against the patriot cause are rare. Emily Parsons discusses a recently acquired oil painting of Colonel James DeLancey of Westchester County, New York, who led several loyalist…

Battlefield Clean-up during the American War of Independence

Robert Selig
October 30, 2018

Battlefield clean-up is a topic rarely covered by modern historians. However, following almost any military engagement, corpses need to be buried. Who disposed of these corpses and how can we tell who buried whom? Were officers and other ranks…

The American Revolution on the Spanish Borderlands

Kathleen DuVal
October 26, 2018

Lexington, Valley Forge and Yorktown are familiar, but few Americans have ever heard of the capture of Mobile or the Siege of Pensacola—events that were critical to the outcome of the Revolutionary War, the future of the American South…

Was the American Revolution Inevitable?

Robert Allison
October 27, 2017

The American colonies broke with the British empire in 1776, but could they remain united even as they fought in a common cause? The people in the colonies had profound differences—religious, social, political and economic—that surfaced in local…

The British Empire and the Causes of the American Revolution

Andrew O'Shaughnessy
October 28, 2016

Great Britain provoked the American Revolution by pursuing increasingly authoritarian policies to centralize control over its North American colonies. These colonists, fearful of the Crown’s similarly harsh treatment of the Irish, rebelled against the tyranny that likely followed for…

American Prisoners in the Revolutionary South

Carl P. Borick
April 19, 2016

During the Siege of Charleston in 1780, British forces under General Sir Henry Clinton and Admiral Mariot Arbuthnot captured nearly six thousand American troops, the largest number of prisoners taken during a single operation of the Revolutionary War. Mr. Borick…

Washington’s Face: What did the Average Citizen See?

Wendy Wick Reaves
February 23, 2016

At the start of the Revolutionary War, almost any fictitious image could pass as a portrait of an American hero, but George Washington as commander-in-chief warranted extra efforts. American printmakers searched for an accurate likeness of Washington throughout…

Archaeology at Parker’s Revenge

Meg Watters
December 9, 2015

On April 19, 1775, a fight later known as Parker’s Revenge broke out between the Lexington Militia, led by Captain John Parker, and the British, who were retreating to Boston after the Battles of Lexington and Concord. While the…

American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World

Maya Jasanoff
October 23, 2015

At the end of the American Revolution, sixty thousand Americans loyal to the British cause fled the United States and became refugees throughout the British Empire. Loyalists traveled to Canada, they sailed for Britain, they journeyed to the Bahamas and…

Two Narratives of the French Army’s March to Yorktown in 1781

Rachel Jirka
August 14, 2015

Ms. Jirka shares two manuscript narratives of the French army’s march to Yorktown in 1781 from the library collections of the American Revolution Institute, written by Henri-Dominique de Palys, chevalier de Montrepos, and Robert Guillaume, baron de Dillon…

The March to Yorktown

Robert Selig
July 16, 2015

Robert Selig traces the epic 1781-1782 march of French forces under the comte de Rochambeau to and from Yorktown, alongside their American allies led by George Washington, as they traveled from Newport, Rhode Island, and West Point, New York…

Youth and Military Service in the Revolutionary War

John Anthony Ruddiman
May 8, 2015

The experience of young soldiers in the Revolutionary War was shaped by their drive to achieve personal independence and autonomy. The war offered an entire generation of young men unusual opportunities for social advancement, honor and distinction, but diverted those…

An Empire Divided: The American Revolution in the Caribbean

Andrew O'Shaughnessy
December 4, 2014

There were twenty-six colonies, not thirteen, in British America in 1776, and the majority of the colonies outside the mainland were in the Caribbean. Even though they shared many important similarities and connections with the mainland colonies, they did…

George Washington and the Newburgh Conspiracy

James Kirby Martin
October 24, 2014

Rumors of peace after Yorktown brought anxiety to soldiers in the Continental Army. Congress had not paid them for some time, and they would soon return home, many impoverished. The soldiers had sacrificed prime years of their lives in the…

Revolutionary War Heroes in the Art of the U.S. Capitol

Farar Elliott
November 15, 2013

In the early nineteenth century, Americans searched for icons to unite them as a new nation, particularly ones that evoked civic virtue. The only symbols that the fractured and growing nation could agree on were Revolutionary War heroes. Ms. Elliott…

Women in the American Revolution

Carol Berkin
October 25, 2013

The American War of Independence was a home-front war that brought scarcity, bloodshed and danger into the life of every American, women included. While men left to fight, women shouldered greater responsibility as they maintained their farms alone and…

Teapot in a Tempest: The Boston Tea Party of 1773

Benjamin L. Carp
October 24, 2013

In addition to objecting to taxation without representation, Bostonians protested the Tea Act of 1773 in part because it required them to pay a tax on top of the monopoly prices of the East India Company. They also opposed supporting…

The American Revolution in the South: A Story Seldom Told

Walter Edgar
October 26, 2012

The British failed in their attempt to suppress the American Revolution in the South in 1776 but returned in 1778 to capture Savannah. In 1780 they took Charleston and launched a campaign to crush the Revolution in the Carolinas and…

The People Debate the Constitution

Pauline Maier
October 11, 2011

The 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia closed with a difficult undertaking ahead of the delegates. The new government could only take effect if nine states ratified the proposed constitution. The men, who had met in closed sessions and exceeded the…