The American Revolution - Audio
by Joanne B. Freeman
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The American Revolution entailed some remarkable transformations--converting British colonists into American revolutionaries, and a cluster of colonies into a confederation of states with a common cause -- but it was far more complex and enduring than the fighting of a war. As John Adams put it, "The Revolution was in the Minds of the people... before a drop of blood was drawn at Lexington"--and it continued long past America's victory at Yorktown. This course will examine the Revolution from this broad perspective, tracing the participants' shifting sense of themselves as British subjects, colonial settlers, revolutionaries, and Americans.
||01 - Introduction - Freeman's Top Five Tips for Studying the American Revolution||Professor Freeman offers an introduction to the course, summarizing the readings and discussing the course's main goals.||3/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||02 - Being a British Colonist||Professor Freeman discusses what it meant to be a British colonist in America in the eighteenth century.||3/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||03 - Being a British American||Professor Freeman discusses the differences between society in the American colonies and society in Britain in the eighteenth century.||3/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||04 - "Ever at Variance and Foolishly Jealous": Intercolonial Relations||Professor Freeman discusses colonial attempts to unite before the 1760s and the ways in which regional distrust and localism complicated matters.||3/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||05 - Outraged Colonials: The Stamp Act Crisis||Professor Freeman concludes her discussion (from the previous lecture) of the three early instances in which the American colonies joined together to form a union.||3/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||06 - Resistance or Rebellion? (Or, What the Heck is Happening in Boston?)||Professor Freeman discusses the mounting tensions between the colonists and the British in the late 1760s and early 1770s.||3/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||07 - Being a Revolutionary||Professor Freeman continues her discussion of the Boston Massacre and how it represented a growing sense of alienation between the American colonists and the British authorities.||3/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||08 - The Logic of Resistance||Professor Freeman lays out the logic of American resistance to British imperial policy during the 1770s.||3/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||09 - Who Were the Loyalists?||The lecture first concludes the discussion of the First Continental Congress, which met in 1774.||3/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||10 - Common Sense||This lecture focuses on the best-selling pamphlet of the American Revolution: Thomas Paine's Common Sense, discussing Paine's life and the events that led him to write his pamphlet.||3/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||11 - Independence||In this lecture, Professor Freeman discusses the Declaration of Independence and sets the document in its historical context.||3/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||12 - Civil War||Professor Freeman concludes the discussion of the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration was widely circulated and read aloud throughout the colonies.||3/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||13 - Organizing a War||In this lecture, Professor Freeman discusses four difficulties that the Continental Congress faced in organizing the colonial war effort.||3/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||14 - Heroes and Villains||In this lecture, Professor Freeman discusses Benedict Arnold as a case study of the ways in which ideas about regionalism, social rank, and gender - and the realities of the Continental Congress and the Continental Army - played out in this period.||3/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||15 - Citizens and Choices: Experiencing the Revolution in New Haven||To show how Americans experienced the war and made difficult choices, Professor Freeman offers a spur-of-the-moment lecture on New Haven during the Revolution.||3/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||16 - The Importance of George Washington||This lecture focuses on George Washington and the combined qualities that made him a key figure in Revolutionary America.||3/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||17 - The Logic of a Campaign (or, How in the World Did We Win?)||In this lecture, Professor Freeman explains the logic behind American and British military strategy during the early phases of the Revolution.||3/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||18 - Fighting the Revolution: The Big Picture||Today's lecture concludes Professor Freeman's discussion of the four phases of the Revolutionary War.||3/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||19 - War and Society||In this lecture, Professor Freeman discusses the experiences of African Americans, women, and Native Americans during the Revolution, framing her discussion within a larger historical debate over whether or not the Revolution was "radical."||3/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||20 - Confederation||This lecture discusses the ongoing political experimentation involved in creating new constitutions for the new American states.||3/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||21 - A Union Without Power||In this lecture, Professor Freeman discusses the Articles of Confederation.||3/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||22 - The Road to the Constitutional Convention||In this lecture, Professor Freeman discusses how the new nation moved towards creating a stronger, more centralized national government than the Articles of Confederation.||3/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||23 - Creating a Constitution||Professor Freeman discusses the debate over the Constitution at the Federal Convention of 1787 - a convention that by no means had an inevitable outcome.||3/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||24 - Creating a Nation||Professor Freeman discusses the national debate over the proposed Constitution, arguing that in many ways, when Americans debated its ratification, they were debating the consequences and meaning of the Revolution.||3/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||25 – Being an American: The Legacy of the Revolution||Professor Freeman discusses when we can consider a revolution to have ended, arguing that a revolution is finally complete when a new political regime gains general acceptance throughout society.||3/29/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
This is a really good intro course on the revolution. If you have a problem mixing up your intolerable acts and your tea taxes this will set you straight. Really wish that the discussion sessions on Wood's Radicalism were included but that is a small disappointment. The primary source info is what really makes the course enjoyable.
Time spent well.
Great lecture series
I enjoyed listening to this at work. She's a great speaker and historian, and I liked the perspective she gives.
The American Revolution by Joanne B. Freeman
This is an incredible lecture series. She doesn't just teach the course, she lives it and the interaction she has with her audience is inspiring. The interjecting of her own personal research discoveries is while she writes these lectures leaves you with more of a conversation, rather than someone quoting someone. I hope she continues the revolution with more of her insight.