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CANCELED: Lecture on The Decision to Hire German Troops
November 8, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pmFree
This lecture has been canceled.
Dr. Friederike Baer will give a free public lecture on “The Decision to Hire German Troops in the War of American Independence: Reactions in Britain and North America, 1774-1776.”
Between 1774-1776, German soldiers were hired to defend British interests in America. Baer will discuss British and American public reactions to the plan. In Britain, the reliance on forces from outside the empire provoked strong opposition.
Critics claimed it was a sinister plot to deprive Englishmen of their liberties. In America, news of the plan to hire Germans gave radicals an effective tool in their efforts to unite the colonists against the British.
Baer is an Associate Professor of History at Penn State Abington. Prior to joining Penn State, she worked as a Research Collections Librarian at the German Society of Pennsylvania, the Fraktur Scholar for the Fraktur Collection Digitization Project at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and an NEH Project Archivist at the American Philosophical Society.