Untold Stories of the American Revolution

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The full story of the American Revolution requires us to look beyond the famous lives of Washington, Hamilton, Franklin, Adams, and Jefferson. Join University of Maryland historian Richard Bell as he focuses on all the things you might not have learned in high school or college about this great struggle for independence. We will probe unexpected corners of this sprawling, eight-year war and expands its cast of characters substantially to include the typhoid-ridden immigrant corset-maker who wrote the pamphlet that gave colonists the confidence to believe they could beat Britain; the Massachusetts woman who disguised herself as a man so that she could serve in Washington’s Army; the enslaved stable hand at Mount Vernon who ran off to join the war and who ended up on the other side of the world; and the widow who became the most important Native American leader during the war. Studying their lives and exploits will reveal the breadth and depth of the sacrifices that the colonists made as they worked to turn a small-scale protest over the price of goods like tea into a fight for freedom.

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