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Boston: The American Revolution in Four Cities with Ben Rubin

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In the late 18th century, four major ports dominated the political, cultural, and economic life of the thirteen colonies: Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Charleston. Each had its own unique geography, culture, and identity, each was a birthplace for Revolutionary ideas and action, and each, in turn, was occupied by British troops during the eight-year conflict over American Independence. This is part one in a four-part series looking at the American Revolution from a city-specific perspective.

Part I examines the origins of America’s struggle for independence in the tumultuous port city of Boston Massachusetts. Beginning with early protests, and culminating with the beginning of open warfare, this talk examines how a small localized conflict over Britain’s colonial policy ballooned into a full-fledged war that would engulf the entire continent and in the process we will visit the historic sites of the old city where history was made, tying the past to the present in one of America’s great historic cities.

Led by Revolutionary Historian Ben Rubin, this interactive discussion will tell the story of the American Revolution through the places it touched. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a better understanding of the urban spaces where the Revolutionary War happened.

This conversation is the first in a four-part series. Each seminar can be joined independently and in any order. 
Boston: The American Revolution in Four Cities with Ben Rubin
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Philadelphia: The American Revolution in Four Cities with Ben Rubin
Charleston: The American Revolution in Four Cities with Ben Rubin

Ben Rubin holds a bachelor's degree from Hanover College, a Master's from Western Carolina University, and is completing his Ph.D. at Drew University. He is also a graduate of the Cornell School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. His work has been published in the Journal of Backcountry Studies and in Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution. In addition to academic experience, Ben worked as a docent at the Biltmore House in Asheville, and as a whitewater raft guide on the Nantahala River.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.