Howard Pyle, The Battle of Bunker Hill

Delivered in the form of academic lectures, The American Revolution explores the great events that led to the creation of the United States of America.  It is thus an excellent resource for those who would like to learn a little about the political, economic, social, and religious context of the American War of Independence.  These lectures are authoritative, accessible, and well-delivered, with an admirable combination of humor and humanity.  They are also “spoiler free.”  That is, they provide a great deal of background without giving away the “rest of the story” of particular campaigns, battles, and engagements.

While designed as part of a college course that includes readings, discussion groups, and the writing of papers, the component lectures of The American Revolution are also well suited to “background listening.”  That is, those who listen to the lectures while traveling, exercising, or doing chores will gain a great deal of familiarity with the context of the American War of Independence.

This link provides a connection to the audio version of the podcast, while these links take you to the video versions on YouTube and the Yale University Website.

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