Join Mount Vernon for a virtual Ford Evening Book Talk with Dr. Julie Flavell. We will discuss her new book The Howe Dynasty: The Untold Story of a Military Family and the Women Behind Britain's Wars for America

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Add to Calendar 09/07/2021 12:00:00 09/07/2021 13:00:00 America/New_York Ford Evening Book Talk: Julie Flavell

Join Mount Vernon for a virtual Ford Evening Book Talk with Dr. Julie Flavell. We will discuss her new book The Howe Dynasty: The Untold Story of a Military Family and the Women Behind Britain's Wars for America

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About the Book

In December 1774, Benjamin Franklin met Caroline Howe, the sister of British Admiral Richard and General William Howe, in a London drawing-room for “half a dozen Games of Chess.” As Julie Flavell reveals, the games concealed a matter of the utmost diplomatic urgency, a last-ditch attempt to forestall the outbreak of the American War of Independence. Aware that the Howes, both the men and the women, have seemed impenetrable to historians, Flavell investigated the letters of Caroline Howe, which have been overlooked for centuries. Using Caroline’s correspondence and other revelatory documents, Flavell provides a compelling reinterpretation of England’s famous family over four wars, centering on their enigmatic roles in the American Revolution.

The Howe Dynasty interweaves action-packed stories of North American military campaigns—including the Battle of Bunker Hill and Long Island—with parlor-room intrigues back in England, creating a riveting narrative and a long overdue reassessment of the entire family. The Howe Dynasty forces us to reimagine the Revolutionary War in ways that would have been previously inconceivable.

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About the Author

Born in New Jersey and raised in Massachusetts, Julie Flavell has pursued a lifelong interest in Anglo-American relationships as reflected in her first book, When London Was Capital of America. After graduating from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, she gained a PhD in history at University College London. Flavell has lectured in American history at Dundee and Edinburgh Universities, where she specialized in the Revolutionary era. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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Sponsored By The Ford Motor Company Fund

Mount Vernon has enjoyed a very special relationship with the Ford Motor Company dating back more than 90 years. We are grateful for their generous support and we applaud their abiding respect for American heritage.

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