Historian David Head joins our Lit Chat series on Wednesday, September 9, at 7 pm. David will be discussing A Crisis of Peace: Washington, the Newburgh conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution. Click here to register.
Immerse yourself in a bit of history. Read or listen to the audio version of A Crisis of Peace. Watch what it was like to lead the troops during the Revolution as told by Gen. Wesley Clark in the Great Courses Series on Hoopla. Historian David Head will have his take on these battles at our Screening Room on September 16, registration link below. And explore recipes from revolutionary times with some cookbooks from our collection.
A Crisis of Peace tells the story of a pivotal episode of George Washington's leadership and reveals how the American Revolution really ended: with fiscal turmoil, out-of-control conspiracy thinking, and suspicions between soldiers and civilians so strong that peace almost failed to bring true independence.
“Meticulous and balanced, A Crisis of Peace lays out the vitally important circumstances that led to a critical moment in our nation's history and Washington’s indispensable role in preserving the peace.” (Shelf Awareness)
Watch: David Head hosts a discussion on George Washington and The Revolution on Wednesday, September 16, 7 pm. as part of Jacksonville Public Library’s Screening Room series. Click here to be part of the discussion. For this Screening Room watch episodes two and three on Great Courses- American Military History: From Colonials to Counterinsurgents with Gen. Wesley Clark as he explores America’s armed conflicts on Kanopy. Learn military history the military way!
Episode 2: George Washington Takes Command: The French and Indian War helped unite Britain’s North American colonies. When the colonies began their struggle for independence, they chose their greatest war hero, George Washington, to lead the army.
Episode 3: Redcoats Fall to the Continental Army: Pick up the story of the American Revolution with Washington’s army in dire straits and his command in question. He revived his reputation with the famous crossing of the Delaware River to defeat the British at the Battle of Trenton.
Explore: The soldiers of the revolution did not eat so well, but the parties and celebrations officers participated in did offer some scrumptious treats. Try a recipe from one of these colonial inspired cookbooks in our collection.
The Colonial Williamsburg Tavern Cookbook In April 1772, George Washington, writing about one of the taverns in Williamsburg, noted, “Dined at Mrs. Campbells and went to the Play-then to Mrs. Campbell’s again”-twice in a single week.
American Cake: from colonial gingerbread to classic layer, the stories and recipes behind more than 125 of our best-loved cakes by Ann Byrn “Tracing cakes chronologically from the dark moist gingerbread of New England to the elegant pound cake, the hardscrabble Appalachian stack cake, war cakes…Byrn shares recipes, stories, and a behind-the-scenes look into what cakes we were baking back in time.” –Back cover
Join: Join the Library for a virtual author talk historian David Head as he discusses his new book Crisis of Peace: Washington, the Newburgh conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution. Click here to register and attend.