Second Sunday Chowder Lecture: Prof. Robert Allison
Sunday, February 10, 2019
A “Leslie’s Retreat” Special Event —
Second Sunday Chowder Lecture
Before Lexington and Concord: How the Revolution Began
with Robert Allison
John Adams said that the American Revolution was completed before a drop of blood was shed at Lexington. What did he mean? From 1761 to 1775, the people of New England and the British Parliament struggled for power. Some of the events are well known to us — the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party. Others are more obscure, but at the time were equally important. How did the Revolution happen, and why? How are these events, which happened 250 years ago, being commemorated now? We have opportunities to bring this history to life and inspire new citizens with the story of the American Revolution, which happened here.
Robert J. Allison is a Professor of History at Suffolk University and chairs Revolution 250, the consortium of history organizations commemorating the events, which brought on the American Revolution. He also teaches in the Harvard Extension School, where he finished his undergraduate education before earning his Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization at Harvard in 1992. His books include The Crescent Obscured: The United States and the Muslim World, 1776-1815; The Boston Massacre; The Boston Tea Party; and The American Revolution: A Very Short Introduction . Professor Allison is on the board of overseers of the USS Constitution Museum, is VP of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, an elected fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society and the American Antiquarian Society, an honorary member of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati, and president of the South Boston Historical Society.
Location: Pickering House: 18 Broad Street, Salem