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Study of the American Experience

“Our Lives, Our Fortunes, and Our Sacred Honor” a talk by Richard Beeman has been cancelled


Date: 7:00pm EDT September 18

THE RICHARD BEEMAN TALK HAS UNFORTUNATELY BEEN CANCELLED. WE HOPE TO RESCHEDULE IT AT A LATER DATE. 


America’s decision for independence, far from being inevitable, was audacious, even improbable.   Professor Beeman’s lecture will tell the story of how a group of loyal subjects of the British Crown struggled over the twenty-two months between September, 1774 and July, 1776 to make the difficult, even painful decision for independence.    Those gathered in the Continental Congress during that period were, in the words of John Adams, a “gathering of strangers,” men with so little in common that they resembled the “ambassadors from a dozen belligerent Powers in Europe.”  This story  will include lively portraits of many of those members of Congress—John Adams, Samuel Adams, John Dickinson, John Hancock, and, of course, Thomas Jefferson—and explain the process by which those men came together to support the radical decision for independence in July of 1776. 

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