Cities of the American Revolution: New York City with Ben Rubin

Cities of the American Revolution: New York City with Ben Rubin


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Join an early American historian as we imagine ourselves on the streets of eighteenth-century New York City and examine how the American War of Independence played out here. Learn the history of the famous Battle of Brooklyn and other decisive events of the Revolutionary 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.  

Together we will examine the bustling port city of New York, the site of the largest battle and longest occupation of the war. As the main British base of operations for seven of the eight years of the war, New York saw some of the heaviest fighting and greatest destruction. Learn about the Battle of Brooklyn, the Great Fire of 1776, Washington's Spies, and more as we walk what remains of the great colonial port city of New York, and imagine it as it once was.

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. 


Ben Rubin holds a bachelor's degree from Hanover College, a Master's from Western Carolina University, and is completing his Ph.D. at Drew University. He is also a graduate of the Cornell School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. His work has been published in the Journal of Backcountry Studies and in Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution. In addition to his academic experience, Ben worked as a docent at the Biltmore House in Asheville, and as a whitewater raft guide on the Nantahala River.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Excellent series.

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Excellent content and enthusiastic and informed presenter!!!

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Well done, easy to follow perspective on the American Revolution

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NYC 4 Cities

Excellent series.

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L.

Excellent content and enthusiastic and informed presenter!!!