Reading/Discussion with Russell Shorto

Reading/Discussion with Russell Shorto (1)
When: Monday, Nov 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Reading/Discussion — 7:00 p.m., Huxley Theatre, NYS Museum, Cultural Education Center
In his epic new book, Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom, author and historian Russell Shorto takes us back to the founding of the American nation, drawing on diaries, letters and autobiographies to explore six lives that cast the era in a fresh new light. These stories include an African man who freed himself and his family from slavery, a rebellious young woman who abandoned her abusive husband to chart her own course, and a certain Mr. Washington, who was admired for his social graces but harshly criticized for his often-disastrous military strategy.

Through these lives we understand that the revolution was fought over the meaning of individual freedom, a philosophical idea that became a force for violent change. A powerful narrative and a brilliant defense of American values, Revolution Song makes the compelling case that the American Revolution is still being fought today and that its ideals are worth defending.

A book signing will follow the lecture. Books can be purchased at the event.

This program is organized by the New York State Office of Cultural Education, with additional support by the New York State Writers Institute.

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