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Ill Literacy, Episode 46: The Cause (Guest: Joseph J. Ellis)

October 11, 2021

In Episode 46 of Ill Literacy, Tim Benson talks with Joseph J. Ellis, author of “The Cause: The American Revolution and its Discontents, 1773-1783.”

Heartland’s Tim Benson is joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Joseph J. Ellis to discuss his new book, The Cause: The American Revolution and its Discontents, 1773-1783. They discuss how changes in British imperial policy lead to the war, how the war was incorrectly shaped, early on and by both sides, by beliefs about the militia the wariness many colonists felt toward the Continental Army, and the true political legacy of the war itself. They also chat about lesser-known heroes of the period, like John Dickinson, John Jay, Robert Morris, and Nathanael Greene.

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Show Notes:

The Guardian: John S. Gardner – “The Cause: a history of the American revolution for our own troubled time”

New York Times: Richard Stengel – “Two of America’s Leading Historians Look at the Nation’s Founding Once Again — to Understand It in All Its Complexity”

The Thomas Jefferson Hour: #1462 The Cause with Joseph Ellis (PODCAST)

U.S. National Archives: The Cause: The American Revolution and its Discontents, 1773–1783 (VIDEO)

Washington Post: Hugh Hewitt – “This Fourth, recall the revolution of aspirations, contradictions and ongoing dilemmas”
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Tim Benson joined The Heartland Institute in September 2015 as a policy analyst in the Government Relations Department. @HeartlandGR