The Journal of the American Revolution reaches a wide audience and is regularly cited on other web sites, in scholarly books and articles, newspapers, and in social media. We are all making a difference toward a greater understanding and appreciation of our founding era. We thought our readers would appreciate some of the recent news about JAR.
Our contributors’ suggestions about the best audiovisual materials for students was featured by the National Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Association, calling it, “an excellent list of resources.”
Katie Turner Getty noted that Crown Publishing just tweeted out to its 94,000 followers James Kirby Martin’s review of Stephen Fried’s biography of Benjamin Rush.
The current issue of Journal of America’s Military Past reviewed Benjamin Huggins’s Washington’s War, 1779, the latest in the JAR Books series, writing that “Washington’s War is engaging and clearly written. . . . Interestingly, [Washington] saw the depreciation of Continental currency as perhaps the most serious threat to the war effort. Washington caustically noted the immense harm caused by speculators and others who profited from Congressional transactions and quartermaster contracts. Huggins makes a persuasive case that contrary to the notion that Washington was marking time watching the British in New York City, he was actively seeking to transition from a defensive to an offensive strategy. This book is certainly worthwhile in its reconsideration of Washington’s generalship and our understanding of the strategic possibilities.”
And like every First Friday, this Friday, November 30, at 8 AM, on “Revolution Road with the Journal of the American Revolution,” John L. Smith will discuss the 1775 invasion of Canada, from the first Congressional overtures, to Montgomery’s siege of St. Johns and Ft. Chambly, to Benedict Arnold’s Maine trek, to the December 31st attack on Quebec City, and the retreat back to Fort Ticonderoga and then Valcour Island.
Those with Sirius XM radio can listen to “Revolution Road with the Journal of the American Revolution,” during the Dave Nemo Show, 7–11 AM Eastern on Sirius/XM146.
Upcoming shows are:
January 4: Mike Barbieri on weapons of the American Revolution
February 8: Ray Raphael on the 1774 rebellion in Massachusetts
March 8: Nancy Loane on Valley Forge
I teach in a “ Living History” program at a colonial era home and try to make the American Revolution relevant to my students. I tell them that in our town, young men muster into the militias at 16, so their older brothers and cousins may be going off to war. Is there any information on how many teens actually fought in the Revolution? Any books or journals that might give a first hand insight? We have a letter from a young man in our town at the time, and we discuss supplying the soldiers, but I’m trying to make the history more relevant to young people.
The late Caroline Cox’s book on Boy Soldiers in the Revolution should be a good starting place for this topic.
I’m not an expert on teenage soldiers in the Revolution although I know that other JAR contributors do have that expertise. However, this article on a 13-year-old soldier immediately came to my mind:
JAR needs a podcast!
Funny you should mention that!
A JAR podcast is in the works, and we’re hoping to launch it soon. Watch for further news!