Our resident historian Dr. John Foster continues his year-long series on the American Revolution by discussing the military history of the Revolutionary War.


  • how the colonists defeated the preeminent empire of the era
  • why George Washington was selected to lead the army
  • how the support of other colonial powers like France proved decisive.

This program is the second in a 4-part series about the American Revolution. The first was on the geopolitical and intellectual origins of the Revolutionary War. If you missed it in March, you can watch it now online.

Foster’s series will continue at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, with a program on the making of the US Constitution.

In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster has a doctorate degree in history. He has taught history at both high school and college levels. Previously, he has led series on the Battles of World War II and US Presidents of the 20th Century.

Finally, if you’re interested, most of Foster’s previous historical talks can be viewed in their entirety on our YouTube channel.