Author: Benjamin L. Carp

Benjamin L. Carp is the Daniel M. Lyons Professor of American History at Brooklyn College. He is the author of The Great New York Fire of 1776: A Lost Story of the American Revolution (Yale University Press, 2023); Rebels Rising: Cities and the American Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2007); Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America (Yale University Press, 2010), winner of the Society of the Cincinnati Cox Book Prize; and co-editor (with Richard D. Brown) of Major Problems in the Era of the American Revolution, 1760–1791 (Cengage, 2014). His work has also appeared in Civil War History, Early American Studies, and the William and Mary Quarterly as well as BBC History, Colonial Williamsburg, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

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Two Encounters: Captain Abraham Van Dyck, the “Negro Man,” and Prince Pitkin

Captain Abraham Van Dyck of New York faced military justice twice during the Revolutionary War: first by the British for burning his hometown, and then by his fellow Continental Army officers for killing a Black soldier in camp. In each case, imperfect evidence presents historians with a puzzle. Notably, African American men were central to […]

by Benjamin L. Carp