On January 24, 2018, Serial Box and The Associated Press will launch 1776: The World Turned Upside Down. A month-by-month, immersive account of the American colonies in 1776 and the people and events that led to the founding of the United States of America, with commentary on its continued relevance to understanding America today. 1776 will launch worldwide as a monthly serial, in text and enhanced audio, on the Serial Box website, in the Serial Box app, and everywhere ebooks are distributed.
To understand the current divisiveness in America, it is helpful to look closely at the initial uniting of America’s colonies, and how that foundation led us to where we are today. In 1976, using this logic, the AP commissioned three of its top journalists to write a month by month account of America in 1776 for the bicentennial. Originally, these accounts were collected in a beautiful, large format book for their member news organizations. Now, more than 40 years later, the collection will be made available to the general public in a variety of digital formats.
The AP is collaborating with Serial Box to significantly update the original text, which is unique in its focus on the lives of ordinary colonists and the more personal stories of now-famed figures, for example Thomas Paine’s failed career as a corset-maker prior to his writing of Common Sense.
“We are very excited to be working with the team at Serial Box on this narrative, which combines the irreverent with the scholarly providing an informative and entertaining view of the most critical year of U.S. history” says Peter Costanzo, Digital Publishing Specialist for the AP. “We believe readers will find 1776 reveals what it took to invent America, as it happened, month-to-month, and will find themselves engaged in the daily lives of those who made it happen.”
Through this series of 12 episodes released each month of 2018 in ebook and audio formats, readers and listeners will learn firsthand that revolutionary heroes don’t start out as legends, and revolutions are not predestined to succeed. The courage, conviction, fallibility, and sometimes base motives of the people who invented America created the foundation for what our country is today. The series is intended to help us all explore the root causes of America’s greatest successes and failures, by examining how ordinary citizens—failed corset-makers, farmers, and high school dropouts—persuaded a disparate group of colonies to unite into one country and fight for a brand new idea: The United States of America.
Serial Box publishes a highly curated selection of series written by teams of critically acclaimed and bestselling writers. Founded by Molly Barton and Julian Yap, Serial Box brings everything that’s awesome about TV to what people love about books. Every week, read or listen to gripping new episodes, carefully crafted by award-winning teams of authors throughout each season.
Serials are released through the Serial Box app, website, and third-party retailers in weekly installments in both ebook and audio formats. Each episode takes about 30 minutes to read or an hour to listen—fans can switch seamlessly back and forth between reading and listening—and each serial runs for about a three-month season. Barton comes to Serial Box from Penguin Random House, where she was Global Digital Director in charge of the global ebook and audio businesses,digital product innovation and content strategy. Yap previously served as senior counsel in the Department of Justice, after clerking for the Supreme Court of Texas.
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1776 is a 12-episode serial launching on January 24, 2018. New episodes will release monthly, with weekly supplemental commentary published exclusively on the Serial Box website. 1776 will be published on Serial Box’s app, website and everywhere readers access ebooks. More information can be found at https://www.serialbox.com/serials/1776.
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