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Author's Talk: Quarters: The Accommodation of the British Army and the Coming of the American Revolution
From: 06:30 PM to 07:30 PM
When Congress declared independence in 1776, it cited King George III for quartering large bodies of armed troops among us. In Quarters, John Gilbert McCurdy explores the social and political history behind this charge, offering the first authoritative account of the housing of British soldiers in America. Providing new interpretations and analysis of the Quartering Act of 1765, McCurdy sheds light on a misunderstood aspect of the American Revolution. Quarters also unearths the vivid debate in eighteenth-century America over the meaning of place. It asks why the previously uncontroversial act of accommodating soldiers in ones house became an unconstitutional act. In so doing, the book reveals new dimensions of the origins of Americans right to privacy. It also traces the transformation of military geography in the lead up to independence, asking how barracks changed cities and how attempts to reorder the empire and the borderland led the colonists to imagine a new nation. The talk will last approximately 45 minutes, followed by a book signing and refreshments. Copies of the book will be available to purchase at the event.
Anderson HouseThe American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati
2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW,
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 785-2040 or katwood () societyofthecincinnati ! org