Volume 3: the American Revolution in Four Cities, Philadelphia with Ben Rubin

Volume 3: the American Revolution in Four Cities, Philadelphia with Ben Rubin


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Join an early American historian as we discuss Philadelphia during the American Revolution.

See the city as it was during the late 18tch century and explore its role as America’s revolutionary capital, home of the Continental Congress, and some of the heaviest fighting of the war.

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 three (after Boston and New York) in a four part series looking at the American Revolution from a city-specific perspective. You do not have to have attended the previous volumes to enjoy this.

“A great speaker, and clearly knowledgeable.”

Part III looks at the middle years of the war, and the conflict around America’s largest, and de facto capital city, Philadelphia. We will discuss the Continental Congress, the Declaration of Independence, the short but consequential British occupation of the city, and the brutal winter at nearby Valley Forge, all while virtually walking through the old city and imagining it as it looked in the late 18 th century.

“He is dynamic, interested, engaging. He was able to answer any and all questions.”

Led by Revolutionary Historian Ben Rubin, his 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.

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.