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1774: The Long Year of Revolution
Mary Beth Norton will give us a preview of her new book, a narrative history of the “long year” of 1774, or the months from December 1773 to April 1775, which have tended to be overlooked by historians who focus instead on the war for independence. But John Adams, who lived through that era, declared that the true revolution took place in the minds of the people before a shot was fired at Lexington. The year 1774, Norton argues, was when that revolution occurred.

Jun 24, 2020 05:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Mary Beth Norton
Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History @Cornell University
Mary Beth Norton is an American historian, specializing in American colonial history and well known for her work on women's history and the Salem witch trials. She is the Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History at the Department of History at Cornell University. Norton received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and her Master of Arts (1965) and Ph.D. (1969) from Harvard University, under Bernard Bailyn. She is a recipient of the Ambassador Book Award in American Studies for In the Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692 and her book Founding Mothers and Fathers (1996) was a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize.