Aspects of the American Revolution, with Jim Sefcik
Wednesdays from 2:30-4:30 at theWellfleet Library
Class dates: January 16,23,30, February 6,13.
When most of us first studied the American Revolution, courses focused primarily on battles, politics, and Great White Men, and mainly from the Colonists’ point of view. That is no longer the case. Instead, historians are presenting fresh, sometimes provocative interpretations challenging those of the past. One recent book is entitled WHOSE AMERICAN REVOLUTION WAS IT?: HISTORIANS INTERPRET THE FOUNDING (2011).
I propose to explore some of these topics to both stimulate further interest in the period as well as to provide more recent viewpoints that students of the era are being exposed to today. These will include the Causes of the American Revolution; the Loyalists; Who fought and Why did they?; Why the British lost; and the Results of the War for Independence.
There are NO required readings but each week I will provide a list of appropriate books on the subject matter being covered. As an overview, I recommend John Ferling, WHIRLWIND: The American Revolution and the War That Won It (2016); Gary B. Nash, THE UNKNOWN AMERICAN REVOLUTION (2005); or Gordon S. Wood, THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (2002). All three are available in paperback.