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E43. Pulitzer Prize-Winning Prof. David Hackett Fischer on Paul Revere, George Washington, & American Independence

The Learning Curve

This week on “The Learning Curve,” co-hosts Gerard Robinson and Cara Candal talk with David Hackett Fischer, University Professor and Earl Warren Professor of History Emeritus at Brandeis University, and the author of numerous books, including Paul Revere’s Ride and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington’s Crossing. As America prepares to celebrate the Fourth of July, they review key figures who helped secure independence from Great Britain, including Paul Revere, immortalized in Longfellow’s classic poem, and Founding Father George Washington, known among his contemporaries as the “indispensable man” of the revolutionary cause. Fischer sets the scene for the famous midnight ride, describing what students should know about colonial Boston, and why the British Empire posed such an existential threat to the colonists’ understanding of their rights and liberties as Englishmen. The conversation turns to the lessons teachers and young people today should learn about George Washington’s character, weaknesses, and military leadership during the colonists’ improbable victory against the most powerful empire in the world at that time. He also offers a preview of his forthcoming book, African Founders. Stories of the Week: In New Jersey, the state’s Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision allowing expansion of seven Newark charter schools approved by the education commissioner, clearing the path for charters to serve thousands more students. In Massachusetts, the education commissioner is under fire from the state’s congressional delegation for proposing to temporarily freeze $400 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding earmarked for Boston Public Schools, due to concerns related to the Boston School Committee, which has experienced a string of resignations in the past year. Guest: David Hackett Fischer is University Professor and Earl Warren Professor of History Emeritus at Brandeis University. His works focus not only on great individuals, but also on the societies and people behind the wider movements that informed those individuals’ accomplishments. Fischer has authored several books, including Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America (1989); the groundbreaking Paul Revere’s Ride (1994); and Washington’s Crossing (2004), a study of the American Revolution with special focus on George Washington’s 1776 crossing of the Delaware River. It became a popular best seller and won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for history. He also wrote a well-regarded work on French explorer Samuel de Champlain, Champlain’s Dream (2008). In 1990, Professor Fischer was awarded the Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching and was named Massachusetts Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He became a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1995. In 2015, he won the Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. Fischer earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins University. The next episode will air on Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 at 12 pm ET with guest, Susan Patrick, the President and CEO of Aurora Institute and co-founder of CompetencyWorks. Tweet of the Week: A growing proportion of 4th and 8th graders read at the lowest level on national tests. Experts are working to understand why.https://t.co/tgvhsilNzj — Education Week (@educationweek) June 28, 2021 News Links: WSJ e-board: Surprise: Education Wins in Newark – The New Jersey Supreme Court upholds charter expansions. https://www.wsj.com/articles/surprise-education-wins-in-newark-11624486775 Massachusetts delegation goes after Jeff Riley on funding for Boston Schools https://www.bostonherald.com/2021/06/25/massachusetts-delegation-goes-after-jeff-riley-on-esser-funding-for-boston-schools/ Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/the-learning-curve/pulitzer-prize-winning-prof-david-hackett-fischer-on-paul-revere-george-washington-american-independence/.Now become a Ricochet member for only $5.00 a month! Join and see what you’ve been missing: https://ricochet.com/membership/.Subscribe to The Learning Curve in Apple Podcasts (and leave a 5-star review, please!), or by RSS feed. For all our podcasts in one place, subscribe to the Ricochet Audio Network Superfeed in Apple Podcasts or by RSS feed.

56mins

30 Jun 2021

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Albion’s Seed, by David Hackett Fischer (American history, British folkways)

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This book introduces four British folkways in America and identifies four cultural traditions that early English immigrants brought to North America. This book points out that four early British folkways of North America have been the most significant determining factors in modern-day American liberal society. Culturally, most Americans are Albion's seeds. As one of the best books on the early history of the United States, this book opens a window to American cultural origins from the perspective of folklore.

9mins

21 Apr 2021

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The American Revolution, with David Hackett Fischer & Rick Atkinson

Pritzker Military Museum & Library Podcasts

Pulitzer Prize and Pritzker Literature Award winning authors David Hackett Fischer and Rick Atkinson discuss their work as military historians, with a focus on the American War for Independence. Supported by sponsors of the 2015 Liberty Gala.

3 Apr 2020

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"Washington's Crossing" with David Hackett Fischer

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Six months after the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution was all but lost. A powerful British force had routed the Americans at New York, occupied three colonies, and advanced within sight of Philadelphia. Yet, as David Hackett Fischer recounts in this riveting history, George Washington--and many other Americans--refused to let the Revolution die. On Christmas night, as a howling nor'easter struck the Delaware Valley, he led his men across the river and attacked the exhausted Hessian garrison at Trenton, killing or capturing nearly a thousand men. A second battle of Trenton followed within days. The Americans held off a counterattack by Lord Cornwallis's best troops, then were almost trapped by the British force. Under cover of night, Washington's men stole behind the enemy and struck them again, defeating a brigade at Princeton. The British were badly shaken. In twelve weeks of winter fighting, their army suffered severe damage, their hold on New Jersey was broken, and their strategy was ruined. Fischer's richly textured narrative reveals the crucial role of contingency in these events. We see how the campaign unfolded in a sequence of difficult choices by many actors, from generals to civilians, on both sides. While British and German forces remained rigid and hierarchical, Americans evolved an open and flexible system that was fundamental to their success. The startling success of Washington and his compatriots not only saved the faltering American Revolution, but helped to give it new meaning. Description courtesy of Amazon

59mins

14 Jan 2019

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David Hackett Fischer: Washington's Crossing

Pritzker Military Museum & Library Podcasts

David Hackett Fischer discusses his book "Washington's Crossing"

16 Feb 2018

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Rebroadcast of David Hackett Fischer's "Washington's Crossing"

The Rifleman

Hey Guys, a problem has come up with using the Appleseed Project message system to send out show reminders. While the show is the sole property of myself and is in no way affiliated with The Appleseed Project, we have been using their mail system to send out show reminders.Since we can no longer use that system, I have started up a mail chimp account to send out the email reminders. If you wish to receive these reminders, go to http://eepurl.com/AmtFv  and sign up for our mail chimp account which is a protected email list.Thaks and we will be back with another live show this coming Thursday evening, 7:00PM central.Scout

2hr 5mins

11 Apr 2014

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Pulitzer Prize-winning Historian David Hackett Fischer on the American Revolution

We The Teachers

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Hackett Fischer joined the Ashbrook Center's 2006 Presidential Academy program to deliver a lecture on The Revolutionary Era. He explored questions including: How did the American colonists define liberty and freedom as they sought to secure their independence from mother England? During the Revolutionary War, what difficulties did the Americans face in fighting for liberty while maintaining the supremacy of civilian over military authority? To listen to his lecture, click here. The post Pulitzer Prize-winning Historian David Hackett Fischer on the American Revolution appeared first on Teaching American History.

2 Dec 2013

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David Hackett Fischer on Samuel de Champlain

Allan Gregg in Conversation (Audio)

In his new book, "Champlain's Dream", Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian David Hackett Fischer, brings to life a giant of Canadian history, explorer Samuel de Champlain. (Originally aired April 2009)

27mins

25 May 2012

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David Hackett Fischer on Samuel de Champlain

Allan Gregg in Conversation (Video)

In his new book, "Champlain's Dream", Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian David Hackett Fischer, brings to life a giant of Canadian history, explorer Samuel de Champlain. (Originally aired April 2009)

27mins

25 May 2012

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David Hackett Fischer and "Washington's Crossing"

The Rifleman

Dr. David Hackett Fischer joins us to discuss his Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Washington's Crossing". In Washington's Crossing, Fischer provides a narrative of George Washington's leadership of the Continental Army during the winter of 1776-1777. It was this time of year, over 230 years ago in the winter of 1776-1777 that George Washington's small army attacked across the Delaware river again and again. His "Crossing" was actually several crossings including recrossing the river after the first Battle of Trenton with 900 Hessian prisoners he had captured. Dr. Fischer will discuss the importance of The First and Second Battles of Trenton, and The Battle of Princeton and also the Winter Forage War of 1777. As you guys know, Dr. Fischer is the author of the Appleseed Project Textbook, "Paul Revere's Ride".

2hr 6mins

6 Jan 2012

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