Historian William M. Fowler, Jr., author of American Crisis: George Washington and the Dangerous Two Years After Yorktown 1781-1783 will speak about this critical period in the nation's history on Thursday, November 7 at Old Sturbridge Village. His appearance is part of the Village's continuing OSV Overseers' Distinguished Speaker Series. Fowler will meet the public and sign copies of his book at 6:00 p.m. and speak at 7:00 p.m. The evening includes free hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar is available. Tickets are $10 per person and $8 for OSV Members. Details: www.osv.org; 800-SEE-1830.
Most people believe the American Revolution ended in October, 1781, after the battle of Yorktown. However, the conflict raged on for two more traumatic years. Fowler's An American Crisis chronicles these tumultuous and chaotic two years, from Yorktown until the British left New York in November 1783.
It was during this time that the war came closer to being lost than at any other period. The British still controlled the cities of New York, Savannah, Wilmington, and Charleston, and the British Navy controlled the seas. The states were largely bankrupt and refused to send any money to help the new nation. Members of Congress were in constant disagreement, and the Continental army was on the verge of mutiny.
Fowler, a distinguished professor of History at Northeastern University, also wrote the acclaimed book, Under Two Flags: the Navy in the Civil War, and co-authored American and the Sea: A Maritime History of America. He is the former director of the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Old Sturbridge Village celebrates New England life in the 1830s and is one of the largest living history museums in the country. The museum is open daily 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. seven days a week. OSV offers free parking and a free return visit within 10 days. For times and details of all OSV activities visit: www.osv.org or call 800-SEE-1830.