James Kirby Martin will discuss the importance of George Washington had in creating the United States while looking into modern day myths and misconceptions.
Martin is the award-winning author and editor of several books and numerous scholarly articles. His current research interests focus on military, social, and political aspects of early American history, especially the Revolutionary period and beyond including a volume in a series on Fort Ticonderoga due out in 2021 or 2022. A revised edition of Citizen-Soldier: The Revolutionary War Journal of Joseph Bloomfield appeared in 2017. A third edition of his co-authored book, A Respectable Army: The Military Origins of the Republic, 1763-1789, appeared in 2015. Among other publications, he has co-authored a book entitled Forgotten Allies: The Oneida Indians and the American Revolution (2006). The fourth edition of Ordinary Courage: The Revolutionary War Adventures of Joseph Plumb Martin appeared in 2013. Martin’s current writing projects include a general history of Revolutionary America (Wiley-Blackwell) and a study of George Washington and political power, built around the story of the Newburgh Conspiracy (Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press, Macmillan). To help facilitate the completion of this project, Martin was named the James C. Rees Research Fellow at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington (2013-14). Other book projects, including studies of Benedict Arnold’s treason, the Six Nations and the Battle of Oriskany, and smoking in America (a companion volume related to his earlier co-authored book on drinking in America), are in various stages of development.
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