THE REAL REVOLUTION; AMERICA 1775 - 1783
5 LIVE SESSIONS (60 MINUTES EACH)
“The history of our Revolution will be one continued lie from one end to the other,” wrote John Adams in 1790. “The essence of the whole will be that Dr. Franklin’s electrical rod smote the Earth and out sprang General Washington.”
As Adams understood, the real story of the American Revolution is far more than the catalog of deeds done by a handful of famous men. Declaring independence on a piece of parchment on a summer’s day in Philadelphia in 1776 would have meant nothing had not tens of thousands of ordinary Americans been willing to support that cause and fight to make it a reality.
People at the time knew this, though too often today, we forget. As Joseph Plumb Martin, a private in the Continental Army, later put it: “Great men get praise; little men, nothing.”
In this five-part course, University of Maryland historian Richard Bell explores the tumultuous eight years of war between 1775 and 1783. These weekly sessions will examine five of the extraordinary groups of people who played central roles in the war for independence: patriot soldiers, non-combatants on the home front, Native Americans, Black Americans, and white loyalists.
5 Live Online Sessions
Five 60-minute sessions held live on Zoom with the professor and your fellow learners
You'll have access to a dedicated course page where all of the content of your course is organized
Access to Recordings
All sessions are recorded and you'll have access to the recordings for on-demand viewing
Premier Customer Service
You'll have a direct customer service contact for the duration of the course
Curated reading lists from the professor to further enhance your understanding of the topic
Small Group Learning
This class is limited to only fifty participants to mimic a small college class with direct access to the professor