1776

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.

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The real George Washington and trying not to repeat mistakes | New episodes out this week!

Bookburners continues with the team return to the scene of an old failure . . . and try their best not to repeat their previous mistakes. In 1776 August, we meet the real George Washington. Plus, a new micro story is published for Microfiction Monday!

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Get ready for the 4th of July with 1776: The World Turned Upside Down

Who were the farmers and accountants, high-school dropouts and part-time soldiers, successful merchants and failed corset makers, who fought against the British empire for American Independence?

1776 May Episode

Meet Clint McElroy, the voice of Ben Franklin

Clint McElroy is a man of many talents, many careers, and, especially lately, many voices. Serial Box listeners know him as the voice of Ben Franklin in 1776.

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New Episode – 1776: The World Turned Upside Down, “May”

Inventor, humorist, and diplomat Benjamin Franklin, at age 70, was to preside over the greatest diplomatic crisis of his career: an all out civil war.

Born in Revolution, Born into Slavery

Whose lives mattered to the American revolutionaries? How did they—individually, and collectively—draw the lines dividing those who they considered as part of the nation they envisioned, and those they did not?

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New Episode – 1776: The World Turned Upside Down, “April”

The infant colonial navy meets the mighty Brits.

Exploring the Women of the American Revolution

We’ve gathered some amazing resources from around the web so you can read a bit more about these courageous and patriotic women.

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New Episode – 1776: The World Turned Upside Down, “March”

They would eventually come together to form the United States of America, but at the start of 1776, there wasn’t really a ‘typical’ American colonist.

This American House

What is America about? Where can we find it? What is the root of our commitment to self-government? To individual liberty? Are we connected with our forebears? These are large questions, and I don’t have large answers. But I do have an experience that brought me a lot closer to them. About a year ago, I moved from New York to Massachusetts. My wife and I chose to live in Concord, even though we are not working there. That wasn’t the most practical decision, but still, it made some sense. Concord is breathtakingly beautiful. It is also historic. It’s where the Revolutionary War started on April 19, 1775, when about seven hundred British soldiers were given what they thought were secret orders—to destroy colonial military supplies being held in Concord. That’s where our nation started to be born. Know the phrase, “the shot heard ’round the world”? If you’d asked me before 2017, I would have said, with complete confidence,...Read More >

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New Episode – 1776: The World Turned Upside Down, “February”

They would eventually come together to form the United States of America, but at the start of 1776, there wasn’t really a ‘typical’ American colonist.

1776 May Episode

“Let us separate, they are unworthy to be our Breathren.”

This time the embargo was really working, even at the household level where Abigail Adams and her sister Mary Cranch brewed their Liberty “tea” from purple loosestrife and refused to purchase English calico and chintz.

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Series Premiere – 1776: The World Turned Upside Down, “January”

A failed corset-maker, fired from his second career as a tax collector, Thomas Paine could never seem to do anything right—until he published a pamphlet that would become the first ‘call to action’ in the American Revolution: Common Sense

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