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Scars of Independence

by H. Charles McBarron, Public domain via Wikimedia Commons
Battle of Guilford Courthouse

Wednesday, we’re taking a different look at the American Revolutionary War. We think of it as brave patriots fighting for a noble cause, which is true, but in his new book historian Holger Hoock is trying to remind us just how bloody it was. The British brutalized American soldiers; we tortured loyalists. In fact, this cruelty shaped the outcome of the war. Hoock’s book is called Scars of Independence: America’s Violent Birth  and he's joining us to talk about it.

Holger Hoock is Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and  J. Carroll Amundson Chair of British History at the University of Pittsburgh. His books include Empires of the Imagination and The King's Artists. His new book is Scars of Independence: America’s Violent Birth [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible]