Charleston: The American Revolution in Four Cities with Ben Rubin - Context Travel

Cities of the American Revolution: Charleston with Ben Rubin


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Join an early American historian as we imagine ourselves on the streets of eighteenth-century Charleston and examine the oft-forgotten final chapter of the American War of Independence. Learn the history of the brutal and decisive fighting as we explore one of America’s true hidden gems in South Carolina.

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 last major fighting of the Revolution took place in Charleston, the jewel in the crown of the southern colonies. Explore America’s best-preserved colonial city at the height of its influence in the late 18th century, and its role in Britain’s final attempt to re-exert control over its rebellious colonies. A world away from the early fighting in the north, South Carolina’s wealthy, exploitative planter society would finally get its turn as the epicenter of the conflict in the final two years of the war. It would ultimately be the site of some of the bloodiest, most tenacious fighting of the entire war, set against the backdrop of America’s best-preserved colonial city.

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. 


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 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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I love the seminars and I want Context to stay in business until I can travel again, so happy to support. You should offer the courses at least 3 times so that if we missed something we can take it.

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Top-notch!

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What a fabulous series! Ben is so knowledgeable and great at sharing what he knows with all the seminar attendees. The new information stirred conversation between my husband and I, and deepened our appreciation for our country's history.

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Charleston The American Revolution in Four Cities

Informative and interesting!

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B.

I love the seminars and I want Context to stay in business until I can travel again, so happy to support. You should offer the courses at least 3 times so that if we missed something we can take it.

L
L.

Top-notch!

M
M.

What a fabulous series! Ben is so knowledgeable and great at sharing what he knows with all the seminar attendees. The new information stirred conversation between my husband and I, and deepened our appreciation for our country's history.

D
D.

Have recommended multiple times to friends. They love Context!