Cities of the American Revolution: Philadelphia with Ben Rubin

Cities of the American Revolution: Philadelphia with Ben Rubin


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Join an early American historian as we discuss Philadelphia during the American Revolution. See the city as it was during the late eighteenth century and explore its role as America’s revolutionary capital, home of the Continental Congress, and some of the heaviest fighting of 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.  

The middle years of the war take us to Philadelphia, the de facto capital city. We will discuss the Continental Congress, the Declaration of Independence, the short but consequential British occupation of the city, and the brutal winter at nearby Valley Forge, all while imagining the city as it was at the time. 

Led by Revolutionary Historian Ben Rubin, his 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 -- Boston (Saugus, US)
History Up Close in Philadelphia

As with prior seminars about the history of the American Revolution in major east coast cities, this session was so informative and interesting. Ben Rubin is a fount of facts! The maps, diagrams, and photos all added to the wonderful lecture. I learned quite a bit more and it has stimulated me to revisit Philadelphia with a new light of history.

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Anonymous
Excellent History Series

I enjoyed all 4 parts of this series.

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Sandra

The guide was very knowledgeable and the topic was interesting.

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M.

We have, and will, recommend Context's on-line seminars and courses to our friends, who are all still self-isolating.
Thank you for helping us all remain sane while unable to get out and see the world.

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Based on 16 reviews
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Sandra -- Boston (Saugus, US)
History Up Close in Philadelphia

As with prior seminars about the history of the American Revolution in major east coast cities, this session was so informative and interesting. Ben Rubin is a fount of facts! The maps, diagrams, and photos all added to the wonderful lecture. I learned quite a bit more and it has stimulated me to revisit Philadelphia with a new light of history.

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Anonymous
Excellent History Series

I enjoyed all 4 parts of this series.

S
Sandra

The guide was very knowledgeable and the topic was interesting.

M
M.

We have, and will, recommend Context's on-line seminars and courses to our friends, who are all still self-isolating.
Thank you for helping us all remain sane while unable to get out and see the world.