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The Brethren: A Story of Faith and Conspiracy in Revolutionary America, with Brendan McConville
May 24 @ 7:00 pm
On Tuesday, May 24 at 7 PM, author Brendan McConville will visit Washington Crossing Historic Park to discuss his book, The Brethren: A Story of Faith and Conspiracy in Revolutionary America.
Less than a year into the American Revolution, a group of North Carolina farmers hatched a plot to assassinate the colony’s leading patriots, including the governor. The scheme became known as the Gourd Patch or Lewellen Conspiracy. The men called themselves the Brethren. McConville’s The Brethren (Harvard University Press, 2021) tells the dramatic story of ordinary people who came to fear that their Revolutionary leaders were trying to undermine religious freedom and individual liberty—the very causes now ascribed to the Founding generation.
Brendan McConville has written several books on early American history, including The King’s Three Faces: The Rise and Fall of Royal America, 1688–1766. Professor of History at Boston University, he is co-chair of the David Center for the Study of the American Revolution at the American Philosophical Society and cohost of the Boston-area radio program The Historians.
This event will be held in-person at the Washington Crossing Historic Park Visitors Center and is hosted by the David Center for the American Revolution at the American Philosophical Society. Registration is required. To learn more and register, please click here.