American Revolution: The War for Independence and the Birth of the United States

Podcast-style audio course - 18 Topics & 6 CDs
Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
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American Revolution: The War for Independence and the Birth of the United States

Podcast-style audio course - 18 Topics & 6 CDs
Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00

The American Revolutionary War has inspired bestselling books, iconic paintings, and hit Broadway musicals. More than 250 years after the “shot heard around the world” was fired in Concord, we remain fascinated by the causes and legacy of the Revolution.

In 18 dynamic audio lectures, West Point history professor Robert McDonald leads you past the politics and battle tactics to explore the underlying ideas that sparked the Revolution. The editor of The American Revolution: Core Documents (Ashbrook Center, 2016) and writer or editor of numerous books about the Founding Fathers, Prof. McDonald has an encyclopedic knowledge of the complex factors that made the Revolution much more than a war for independence.

Under his guidance, you’ll examine American history from the establishment of Britain’s North American colonies through the

The American Revolutionary War has inspired bestselling books, iconic paintings, and hit Broadway musicals. More than 250 years after the “shot heard around the world” was fired in Concord, we remain fascinated by the causes and legacy of the Revolution.

In 18 dynamic audio lectures, West Point history professor Robert McDonald leads you past the politics and battle tactics to explore the underlying ideas that sparked the Revolution. The editor of The American Revolution: Core Documents (Ashbrook Center, 2016) and writer or editor of numerous books about the Founding Fathers, Prof. McDonald has an encyclopedic knowledge of the complex factors that made the Revolution much more than a war for independence.

Under his guidance, you’ll examine American history from the establishment of Britain’s North American colonies through the ratification of the Constitution. Although you’ll revisit famous events like the French and Indian War, the Boston Massacre, and the First Continental Congress, this course invites you to reconsider the wider context—political, religious, and economic—of the Revolution.

Throughout the series, you’ll entertain questions without easy answers. How can we be sure that it was the Revolutionary War and not something else—like the Enlightenment—that was driving change across the landscape? How did the new land of liberty approach the issues of slavery and women’s equality?

Join Prof. McDonald for a fresh and exciting take on the classic story at the heart of the United States of America.

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Professor Robert M. S. McDonald is an expert on the American Revolution and the Early American Republic. Holding graduate degrees from the University of Oxford and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Prof. McDonald has taught history at the United States Military Academy at West Point for more than twenty years. He is the author of Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson’s Image in His Own Time (2016), and the editor of a number of books, including Thomas Jefferson’s Lives: Biographers and the Battle for History (2019), Sons of the Father: George Washington and His Protégés (2013), Light & Liberty: Thomas Jefferson and the Power of Knowledge (2012), and Thomas Jefferson’s Military Academy: Founding West Point (2004).

Praise for Robert McDonald

“Rob McDonald is a superb historian of the era of the American Revolution and Early Republic. Rob’s scholarship has enriched our understanding of the Revolution’s significance in American and world history. He is a leading authority on the Declaration of Independence and the leading authority Thomas Jefferson’s changing reputation in his own lifetime.”

– Peter S. Onuf, University of Virginia

  • How Revolutionary?
  • Thirteen Clocks
  • The Enlightenment
  • The Great Awakening
  • The French and Indian War
  • The Stamp Act Crisis
  • The Townshend Acts and Boston Massacre
  • The Boston Tea Party and Intolerable Acts
  • Path to War
  • War Begins
  • Common Sense
  • Pens and Swords
  • War in the North
  • The War Turned Upside-Down
  • Freedom and Slavery
  • Republican Experiments
  • Crisis and the Constitution
  • Remembering the Revolution

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