F306 Spring 2019 The British Side of the American Revolution
Thursdays, 9:40–11:05, Mar. 28–Apr. 18
Instructor: Beth Lambert
In principle we all agree that there are two sides to every story, but have we ever looked at the American Revolution from the other side? Have we ever questioned the motives of American patriots as well as those of King George and his parliament? Are we aware that at least a third of the colonists remained loyal to the Crown and that these loyalists were as varied in social positions, occupations, and motives as their patriot neighbors? Are we aware that a significant number of slaves and Native Americans fought on the side of the British—and had good reasons for doing so? And what exactly happened at Yorktown? Was it as straightforward as we have thought? In these four sessions we will view the American Revolution from the other side of the pond. There are more than a few surprises in store when we do.
Beth Lambert is coordinator of the Reston OLLI program and of the History Club. She is professor emerita of English at Gettysburg College where she taught courses on all aspects of 18th century Britain. Her biography of Edmund Burke was published by the University of Delaware Press.