Atkinson’s The British Are Coming (2021)

Two Wednesdays: February 12, and February 19, from 6 to 8 p.m.

$80.00 (10% off for members)

“These are the times that try men’s souls,” wrote Thomas Paine in December 1776, as the patriot cause teetered on the brink of disaster, reeling from the series of defeats that had followed the “rage militaire” of spring 1775. Within days, George Washington and his Continental Army had atoned for the defeats of the previous two years, winning victories at Trenton and Princeton that convinced many Americans the Declaration of Independence was no dead letter. In The British Are Coming, the first volume of a planned trilogy, Rick Atkinson charts the progress of the campaigns and political maneuvering that defined the first two years of the Revolutionary War. In this class, through a combination of lecture and discussion, we will examine the war on the battlefield, the ideals that inspired the American colonists to rebel against the world’s greatest empire, and the challenges of fighting a war while building a new nation. We will examine Atkinson’s book in light of recent scholarship on the American Revolution, and we will consider how Atkinson’s gripping narrative sheds new light on the War for American Independence.Two Wednesdays: February 12, and February 19, from 6 to 8 p.m.


The British Are Coming, Rick Atkinson


The Glorious Cause, Robert Middlekauff

American Revolutions, Alan Taylor

Indian World of George Washington, Colin Calloway


Brian Taylor is a scholar of US history who focuses on issues related to citizenship, race and national belonging. He earned his doctorate from Georgetown University in 2015, and since has taught at Georgetown and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His first book, tentatively titled Fighting for Citizenship, is in the production process at the University of North Carolina Press. His current project focuses on the Reno City neighborhood of Washington, D.C. He lives in Laurel, MD, with his wife Diane, son Steve, and three cats.

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The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 (The Revolution Trilogy #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781627790437
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - May 14th, 2019

The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789 (Oxford History of the United States) Cover Image
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - September 1st, 2019