Cities of the American Revolution: Boston with Ben Rubin

Cities of the American Revolution: Boston with Ben Rubin


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Join an early American historian as we imagine ourselves on the streets of eighteenth-century Boston and examine the city where the American War of Independence began. Learn the history of the famous Tea Party and other decisive events in the run-up to the war.

In the late eighteenth century, four major ports dominated the political, cultural, and economic life of the thirteen colonies: Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Charleston. Each had its own unique geography, culture, and identity, each was a birthplace for Revolutionary ideas and action, and each, in turn, was occupied by British troops during the eight-year conflict over American Independence. Join historian Ben Rubin as we look at each of these cities as part of a four-part series (sign up for one or all four) and their role in the early history of the United States of America.  

Boston is where it all began. We'll examine the origins of America’s struggle for independence in the tumultuous port city in Massachusetts. Beginning with early protests, and culminating with the beginning of open warfare, this seminar will look at how a small localized conflict over Britain’s colonial policy ballooned into a full-fledged war that would engulf the entire continent.  In the process we will visit the historic sites of the old city where history was made, tying the past to the present in one of America’s great historic cities.

Led by Revolutionary Historian Ben Rubin, this interactive discussion will tell the story of the American Revolution through the places it touched. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a better understanding of the urban spaces where the Revolutionary War happened.

This conversation is part of a four-part series. Each seminar can be joined independently and in any order. 


This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Sandra S -- Boston (Saugus, US)
Excellent , Concise Historical Summary of the Start of the Revolution in Boston

Thoroughly enjoyed this first of four sessions on American history. It was particularly of interest as I live near Boston and often trek into the city just to visit the important historical sites and continue to learn more about Boston's role in our independence. Ben's narration was easy to follow and the maps with overlays of the 1770s maps with modern day maps was enlightening. I also enjoyed the current photos of some of the sites during the talk! This summary of the events (Boston Massacre, Revere's midnight ride, Boston Tea Party, Lexington/Concord confrontations with the British, etc.) in chronological order pulled the history together for me.Facts vs possible fiction were pointed out. I learned a bit more as a result of this session and will look more reflectively at some of the sites next time I walk by them or visit (Old South Meeting House, Bunker Hill, Old North Church, Old State House).

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Katy

Such a wonderful variety of offerings!

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Don

Excellent instructors-Very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, cordial and patient.

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Anonymous

The content is always great and the visuals on conversations really help understand what was going on in 1775-6!

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Based on 9 reviews
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Anonymous (Orinda, US)

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Sandra S -- Boston (Saugus, US)
Excellent , Concise Historical Summary of the Start of the Revolution in Boston

Thoroughly enjoyed this first of four sessions on American history. It was particularly of interest as I live near Boston and often trek into the city just to visit the important historical sites and continue to learn more about Boston's role in our independence. Ben's narration was easy to follow and the maps with overlays of the 1770s maps with modern day maps was enlightening. I also enjoyed the current photos of some of the sites during the talk! This summary of the events (Boston Massacre, Revere's midnight ride, Boston Tea Party, Lexington/Concord confrontations with the British, etc.) in chronological order pulled the history together for me.Facts vs possible fiction were pointed out. I learned a bit more as a result of this session and will look more reflectively at some of the sites next time I walk by them or visit (Old South Meeting House, Bunker Hill, Old North Church, Old State House).

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Katy

Such a wonderful variety of offerings!

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Don

Excellent instructors-Very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, cordial and patient.

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Anonymous

The content is always great and the visuals on conversations really help understand what was going on in 1775-6!