Public Program- T.H. Breen

Lectures and Performances
Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 7:30pm

"A Rumor that Almost Sparked a Revolution in 1774"
by T.H. Breen

American Insurgents, American Patriots

This presentation explores the complex relation between the members of the First Continental Congress and the insurgents of New England. It argues that at a key moment almost two years before the Declaration of Independence the people were prepared to resist Great Britain, with arms if necessary. The lecture is drawn from T.H. Breen's new book American Insurgents, American Patriots: The Revolution of the People (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2010).

T.H. Breen is the William Smith Mason Professor of History at Northwestern University. He is the author of several works of history including Tobacco Culture: the Mentality of the Great Tidewater Planters on the Eve of Revolution (Princeton University Press, 2001) and Imagining the Past: East Hampton Histories (winner of the Historical Preservation Book Prize) and Marketplace of Revolution: How Consumer Politics Shaped American Independence (Oxford University Press, 2004) Additionally, Professor Breen has written for The New York Times Magazine, the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, and The New York Times Book Review.

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