HIST 116: The American Revolution

Lecture 13 - Organizing a War. In this lecture, Professor Freeman discusses four difficulties that the Continental Congress faced in organizing the colonial war effort: regionalism, localism, the supply shortage that the Continental Army faced in providing for its troops, and the Continental Congress's inexperience in organizing an army. The lecture concludes with a discussion of a Connecticut newspaper from July 1776.

Lecture 13 - Organizing a War

Time Lecture Chapters
[00:00:00] 1. Introduction: Organizing a War
[00:02:54] 2. Regionalism in Leadership and Military Makeup: The Promotion of George Washington
[00:21:50] 3. Localism and Supply Shortages: Issues in Fighting for a National Cause and in Fighting with
... Proper Equipment
[00:29:31] 4. Continental Congress's Inexperience in Organizing an Army
[00:42:31] 5. Snapshot of Early Communication in the States: "The Connecticut Courant"

Lecture 13 - Organizing a War
Instructor: Professor Joanne Freeman. Resources: Connecticut Courant, July 1776 [PDF]. Transcript [html]. Audio [mp3]. Download Video [mov].

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Lecture 01 - Introduction: Freeman's Top Five Tips for Studying the Revolution
Lecture 02 - Being a British Colonist
Lecture 03 - Being a British American
Lecture 04 - "Ever at Variance and Foolishly Jealous": Intercolonial Relations
Lecture 05 - Outraged Colonials: The Stamp Act Crisis
Lecture 06 - Resistance or Rebellion? (Or, What the Heck is Happening in Boston?)
Lecture 07 - Being a Revolutionary
Lecture 08 - The Logic of Resistance
Lecture 09 - Who Were the Loyalists?
Lecture 10 - Common Sense
Lecture 11 - Independence
Lecture 12 - Civil War
Lecture 13 - Organizing a War
Lecture 14 - Heroes and Villains
Lecture 15 - Citizens and Choices: Experiencing the Revolution in New Haven
Lecture 16 - The Importance of George Washington
Lecture 17 - The Logic of a Campaign (or, How in the World Did We Win?)
Lecture 18 - Fighting the Revolution: The Big Picture
Lecture 19 - War and Society
Lecture 20 - Confederation
Lecture 21 - A Union Without Power
Lecture 22 - A Road to the Constitutional Convention
Lecture 23 - Creating a Constitution
Lecture 24 - Creating a Nation
Lecture 25 - Being an American: The Legacy of the Revolution