Lecture: The Decision to Hire German Troops in the War of American Independence
November 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pmFree
Dr. Friederike Baer will visit Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA) to 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.”
The lecture is set for Sunday, November 8 at 2 PM in the Visitor Center auditorium.
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.
Registration is required and opens on October 1. Please call the Visitor Center at 215-493-4076 to register.
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.