Presented by George C. Daughan
Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 7 PM
The untold story of the fight for the Hudson River Valley―the control of which, both sides firmly believed, would determine the outcome of the Revolutionary War.
No part of this country was more important or contested during the American Revolution than New York City, the Hudson River, and the surrounding counties. Political and military leaders on both sides viewed the Hudson River Valley as the American jugular, which, if cut, would quickly bleed the rebellion to death. Revolution on the Hudson unpacks intricate military maneuvers and investigates the domestic politics and militias of the Hudson River counties. In doing so it answers the greatest question about the war: how a fledgling nation could have defeated the most powerful war machine of the era.
Award-winning historian George C. Daughan constructs a new narrative of the American Revolution that revolves around the central irony of British war aims: that the effort to control the Hudson River–Lake Champlain corridor to Canada transformed the Revolution from a war that Britain should have won easily into a war it could never win.
Book signing and questions follow. Light refreshments are included.
Members $5.00 Non Members $7.00
George C. Daughan received a Ph.D. in American history and government from Harvard University, where he studied under Henry Kissinger. He spent three years in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. Most of the time he taught at the Air Force Academy, where he was director of the MA program in international affairs. On returning to civilian life, he became a professor at Connecticut College, and also taught at the University of Colorado, the University of NH, and Wesleyan University.
His book “If By Sea” won the 2008 Samuel Eliot Morison Award, and “1812: The Navy’s War” won the 2012 gold medal in the history division of the Independent Publisher book Awards and also the 2012 George Pendleton Prize.