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John André

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October 2, 2020: John André Hanged

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On this day in 1780, a British spy named John André was hanged by American revolutionaries. He had been caught conspiring with the notorious Benedict Arnold. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


2 Oct 2020

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From the vault: The Major John André Trial

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Sean Grady and Gary Petagine discuss the trial of Major John André during the Revolutionary War. The trial was held in Rockland County, NY. Originally aired September 25, 2019.


2 Sep 2020

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136. Executing Major John André with D.A.B. Ronald

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On October 2, 1780, Major John André was executed as a spy on George Washington’s orders. The British officer had convinced American general Benedict Arnold to switch allegiances, but having been caught in the act, André was condemned to die a spy's death. He was hung from the gallows like a common criminal, having been denied the honor of facing a firing squad, like an officer and a gentleman. He took comfort in the fact that it would “be but a momentary pang.” While you may know André best for bagging Arnold, and meeting his death bravely, you may not know the whole story. André was involved in the world of secret warfare – of gathering intelligence, seducing his way into private company, and using personal relationships and acquired information to Britain’s military advantage. On today’s episode, Dr. D.A.B. Ronald introduces us to André – a highly educated and cultured young man skilled in the arts of treachery and war. About Our Guest: Dr D. A. B. Ronald has published several books, including Young Nelsons: Boy Soldiers during the Napoleonic Wars (2009), and Youth, Heroism and War Propaganda: Britain and the Young Maritime Hero 1754–1820 (2015). Prior to becoming an academic and full-time writer, he ran his own company as an investment banker in the City of London. His most recent book is The Life of John André: The Redcoat Who Turned Benedict Arnold (2019). About Our Host: Jim Ambuske, Ph.D. leads the Center for Digital History at the Washington Library. A historian of the American Revolution, Scotland, and the British Atlantic World, Ambuske graduated from the University of Virginia in 2016. He is a former Farmer Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at the University of Virginia Law Library. At UVA Law, Ambuske co-directed the 1828 Catalogue Project and the Scottish Court of Session Project.  He is currently at work on a book about emigration from Scotland in the era of the American Revolution as well as a chapter on Scottish loyalism during the American Revolution for a volume to be published by the University of Edinburgh Press.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mountvernon/message


12 Dec 2019

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The Trial of Major John André

Let's Talk History!

Sean Grady and Gary Petagine discuss the trial of Major John André during the Revolutionary War. The trial was held in Rockland County, NY.


25 Sep 2019

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The Life of John André: A Conversation with Douglas Ronald


SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with academic and author Dr. Doug Ronald to discuss one of the most fascinating personalities of the American Revolution, and the subject of his book, The Life of John André: The Redcoat Who Turned Benedict Arnold


24 Sep 2019

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Selene Castrovilla – Revolutionary Rogues: John André and Benedict Arnold

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December 18, 2017 - This week -- just in time to get stuffed into your young reader's stocking -- we travel back to a familiar location, at a pivotal moment in the American Revolution. The year is 1780, when one of the greatest heroes of the Continental Army -- General Benedict Arnold -- decides to betray the patriot cause by surrendering West Point to the British with the help of British spymaster Major John André.We talked about these infamous men when we interviewed Robert Norden, tavern keeper at the Old '76 House in Tappan, New York, where patriots kept the captured Andre locked up after his capture and before his execution. You can enjoy that episode in the archives at HistoryAuthor.com or your favorite on-demand audio outlet.Our guide on this journey is award-winning young adult novelist and nonfiction author Selene Castrovilla who brings us: Revolutionary Rogues: Revolutionary Rogues: John André and Benedict Arnold. It's the real history behind heavily dramatized stories such as AMC's Turn: Washington's Spies and the smash Broadway musical Hamilton.Selene's third YA novel Melt, Book One of the Rough Romance Trilogy, racked up six honors including the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Spark Award. Revolutionary Friends, her third nonfiction picture book, earned four awards including Booklist Top Ten Biography for Youth.Visit our guest at SeleneCastrovilla.com, like her at Facebook.com/Selene.Castrovilla, follow @SCastrovilla on Twitter and SeleneCastrovilla on Instagram. You can also check out the artist behind the images half of Revolutionary Rogues at JohnOBrienIllustrator.com. Lovers of the Marquis de Lafayette can also honor his legacy of Franco-American friendship by joining The American Friends of Lafayette, which Selene spoke about so passionately in this episode.


18 Dec 2017