Lecture Tangier Global Forum Lecture Series
The American people in the 1770s and 1780s cast off British rule to create a new nation and a new national identity. The Revolution began with protests over taxes, it ended with the creation of a new idea about political power. How did the Americans create a new political system, based on majority rule but protection of individual liberty? In what ways did they succeed, and where did they fail? What impact did this Revolution have on the wider world?
Robert J. Allison chairs Suffolk University’s History Department and also teaches at the Harvard Extension School. His books include The American Revolution: A Concise History (2011), A Short History of Boston (2004), Stephen Decatur: American Naval Hero (2004). He also produced “Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies,” for The Teaching Company’s “Great Courses” (2009).
He has also produced two free, online courses:
He earned his doctorate at Harvard (History of American Civilization). He is president of the South Boston Historical Society, vice president of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts and an honorary member of the Society of the Cincinnati.