BFW: Experiences of Revolution, Part 1: Occupied Philadelphia
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, June 28, the first of those episodes—“Experiences of Revolution, Part 1: Occupied Philadelphia,” episode 332—debuts wherever you enjoy your podcasts. In the episode, we’ll reveal why the British decided to attack Philadelphia; how Philadelphians reacted to the occupation of their city in the fall of 1777; what the British Army’s presence meant for Philadelphia; and the return and rebuilding of the city in 1778.
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.
- Brandt, Susan Hanket. “Marketing Medicine: Apothecary Elizabeth Weed’s Economic Independence 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.
- Clement, Justin, Philadelphia, 1777: Taking the Capital. Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing, 2007.
- Drinker, Elizabeth. The Diary of Elizabeth Drinker: The Life Cycle of an Eighteenth-Century Woman, edited by Elaine Forman Crane. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.
- Irvin, Benjamin H. “The Streets of Philadelphia: Crowds, Congress, and the Political Culture of Revolution, 1774-1783.” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, 2005, 7–41.
- Nash, Gary B. Urban Crucible: The Northern Seaports and the Origins of the American Revolution. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1986.
- Nath, Kimberly. “Left Behind: Loyalist Women in Philadelphia 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.
- Remer, Rosalind. Printers and Men of Capital: Philadelphia Book Publishers in the New Republic. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996.
- Rigal, Laura. The American Manufactory: Art, Labor, and the World of Things in the Early Republic. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 1998.
- Rock, Howard B, Paul A Gilje, and Robert Asher, eds. American Artisans: Crafting Social Identity, 1750-1850. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995.
- Schultz, Ronald. The Republic of Labor: Philadelphia Artisans and the Politics of Class, 1720-1830. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.
- Smith, Billy G. “The Material Lives of Laboring Philadelphians, 1750 to 1800.” William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd ser., 38, no. 2 (April 1981): 163–202.
- Sullivan, Aaron. The Disaffected: Britain’s Occupation of Philadelphia During the American Revolution. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019.