BFW: Experiences of Revolution, Part 2: Disruptions in Yorktown
Each year, the Ben Franklin’s World team produces a special episode for the Fourth of July holiday. This year, we’re going even further, sharing two themed episodes that explore how ordinary Americans experienced the Revolutionary War.
On Tuesday, July 5, the second of those episodes—“Experiences of Revolution, Part 2: Disruptions in Yorktown,” episode 333—debuts wherever you enjoy your podcasts. In the episode, we’ll
To accompany each episode, we’re sharing a list of some of the readings we consulted for our research. You can find them below if you’d like to dig deeper.
- Ambler, Eliza Jacquelin. “To Mildred Smith, 1781.” Eliza Jacquelin Ambler Papers (1780–1832).” Published in Atlantic Monthly, LXI, (Oct. 1899), pp. 535–549.
- “Battle of the Capes.” Yorktown Battlefield, Part of Colonial National Historical Park Virginia, National Park Service.
- “Colonial Life.” Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.
- Cresswell, Nicholas. A Man Apart: The Journal of Nicholas Cresswell, 1774-1781. Edited by Howard Gill and George M Curtis III. Lexington Books, 2009.
- Holton, Woody. Liberty is Sweet: The Hidden History of the American Revolution. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2021.
- Morrissey, Brendan. Yorktown, 1781: The World Turned Upside Down. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing, 1997.
- Nevius, Marcus P. City of Refuge: Slavery and Petit Marronage in the Great Dismal Swamp, 1763-1856. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2020.
- Pflugard-Jackisch, Ami. “Mary Willing Byrd and the Westover Plantation during the American Revolution.” In Women in the American Revolution: Gender, Politics, and the Domestic World, edited by Barbara Oberg. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019.
- Pybus, Cassandra. Epic Journeys of Freedom: Runaway Slaves of the American Revolution and Their Global Quest for Liberty. Boston: Beacon Books, 2006.
- Ruane, Michael E. “Virginia is the birthplace of American slavery and segregation — and it still can’t escape that legacy.” Washington Post, February 6, 2019.
- Selby, John E. The Revolution in Virginia, 1775-1783. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 2007.