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The 2015 SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution

The Marquis de Lafayette and the European Friends of the American Revolution

George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon, Virginia
June 12-14, 2015


Friday, June 12, 2015

3:00 p.m. -
4:15 p.m.
Registration, Bookout Reception Hall
4:30 p.m. -
6:15 p.m.
Session 1

Welcoming Remarks
Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy, University of Virginia
Distinguished Scholar, SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution

Sylvia L. Hilton, Complutense University
“Global Game Changer: U.S. Independence from Spanish Perspectives”

Julia Osman, Mississippi State University
“American Nationality: A French Invention?”

6:30 p.m. -
7:45 p.m.
Reception, Founders’ Terrace

Curtis G. Viebranz, President and CEO
George Washington’s Mount Vernon

8:00 p.m. -
9:30 p.m.
Dinner, Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington

After Dinner Remarks
Marie-Jeanne Rossignol, University Paris Diderot
“Revisiting the Historical Work of Jacques Godechot
                            and Robert R. Palmer, Founders of Atlantic History”

Saturday, June 13, 2015

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast, Bookout Reception Hall
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Session 2

Victor Enthoven, Free University of Amsterdam
“John Paul Jones’ Friends in the Netherlands in 1779”

Munro Price, University of Bradford
“Lafayette, the Lameths and 'republican monarchy', 1789-1791”

10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Session 3

Jean-Marie Kowalski, University of Paris IV, Sorbonne
“The Battle of the Chesapeake from the Quarterdeck”

Olivier Chaline, University of Paris IV, Sorbonne
“Season, Winds and Sea: The Improbable Route of de Grasse to the Chesapeake”

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch, Founders’ Terrace
1:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. Session 4

Kathleen DuVal, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
“Bernardo de Gálvez: Friend of the American Revolution, Friend of Empire”

Patrick Villiers, Université du Littoral, Cote d’Opale
“La Fayette and the Passage of the Ship La Victoire in 1777: New Interpretations”

3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Session 5

Paul A. Gilje, University of Oklahoma
“Ideology AND Interest: Free Trade, the League of Armed Neutrality, and the American Revolution”

Timothy Walker, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
“Atlantic Dimensions of the American Revolution: Imperial Priorities and the Portuguese Reaction to the North American Bid for Independence”

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception, Elliptical Garden, Ford Orientation Center
7:00 p.m. Dinner, Ford Orientation Center

Public Discussion
“Modern Franco-American Relations”

Sunday, June 14, 2015

8:00 a.m. -
9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast, Bookout Reception Hall
9:15 a.m. -
11:15 a.m.
Roundtable Discussion of Presenters

Jonathan R. Dull, The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, Yale University

Robert Crout, College of Charleston

11:30 a.m. Tour of Gristmill & Distillery

This conference is dedicated to the memory of Jacques Godechot and Robert R. Palmer, the founders of Atlantic History.