Beginning Wednesday, September 23rd, the Little Falls Public Library will host a 6-week Zoom class about the American Revolution.
This class aims to educate participants about the American Revolutionary War through a selection of primary texts from US history. Topics of discussion will include the inner-workings of the Continental Congress, American and British military strategies, and a selection of the war’s major battles and campaigns, particularly in New York’s Mohawk Valley. Instructor Giacomo Calabria has previously lectured at SUNY Albany and Albany Medical College. He graciously provided us with the answers to some questions about the class:
Q. Who will benefit from this class? A. Anyone interested in discussing or learning more about the American Revolution is welcome and encouraged to participate in this program. We have had many guests of all ages attend such talks, and I have taught similar programs at Albany High School’s JROTC battalion for years. While we will cover realities from the period such as slavery, sexism, and warfare, it will not be any less age-appropriate than what middle and high school students learn in schools.
Q. Why study the American Revolution?
A. I think the bigger question is why not study the American Revolution? It is the history of our country, and with so many of our lives upended due to COVID-19, now seems like a good time to rediscover our shared roots from the safety of our homes. This program is being offered virtually, so literally anyone in the world can attend it. It is also a program that anyone can contribute to. If you have any family histories or research you would like to bring for discussion, it would be most welcome!
Q. What would America be like if we hadn’t won the war?
A. There has been a host of writing on what might have happened if the American Revolution ended in disaster for the Thirteen Colonies. In the short term, we have every reason to believe the British would have executed those responsible for the rebellion, including all the Founding Fathers and possibly some of the defeated soldiers themselves. We also would have seen westward expansion halted at the Appalachians, as the British planned, and possibly even steeper taxes imposed upon the Colonies as punishment. In the longer term, it is not unrealistic to imagine slavery being abolished in the Colonies as it was throughout the British Empire in 1834. Perhaps we would have even followed the same paths as Canada and Australia toward peaceful independence later. Or perhaps there would have been another uprising. Either way, the entire map of North America would be completely different.
The American Revolution class will be delivered using the Zoom distance education app.
To virtually attend, go to zoom.us on your cell phone, tablet or computer. Click on join a meeting. Then, type in the meeting ID: 984 8399 9096. You can choose to enable video and audio, or you can watch and listen anonymously.
For additional information, please call (315) 823-1542. This free class is brought to you by a grant from Humanities New York.