The American Revolution as a Civil War

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. (EST) Enter Classroom Enter Forum


Timothy H. Breen
William Smith Mason Professor of American History
Northwestern University
National Humanities Center Fellow

About the Seminar

This seminar will offer a revolutionary interpretation of the American Revolution. It will restore ordinary men and women to the story we tell ourselves about national independence. Moving the focus of interpretation away from the Founding Fathers, it will ask questions about resistance to imperial power on the community level. What were the sources of popular mobilization? How did the creation of committees of safety shape local resistance? What role did violence and intimidation play in the relations between neighbors? How did the directives of national congresses affect the actions of local insurgents?

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