Hear from one of the most celebrated scholars of American history, Joseph J. Ellis. With his newest book, The Cause: The American Revolution and its Discontents 1773-1783, he brings the story of the revolution to vivid life for our modern era.

A reception and book signing will take place after the lecture. 

This event is part of the 2022 Michelle Smith Lecture Series. Receive discounted pricing when you register for all 3 lectures.

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The Michelle Smith Lecture Series is supported by an endowment established by a generous grant from the late Robert H. and Clarice Smith.

Add to Calendar 04/07/2022 19:00:00 04/07/2022 20:00:00 America/New_York Lecture: Joseph J. Ellis, Author of The Cause

Hear from one of the most celebrated scholars of American history, Joseph J. Ellis. With his newest book, The Cause: The American Revolution and its Discontents 1773-1783, he brings the story of the revolution to vivid life for our modern era.

A reception and book signing will take place after the lecture. 

This event is part of the 2022 Michelle Smith Lecture Series. Receive discounted pricing when you register for all 3 lectures.

Member Tickets

In-Person Virtual

General Public Tickets

In-Person Virtual

Buy the Book

The Michelle Smith Lecture Series is supported by an endowment established by a generous grant from the late Robert H. and Clarice Smith.

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The Cause: The American Revolution and its Discontents 1773-1783

For more than two centuries, historians have debated the history of the American Revolution, disputing its roots, its provenance, and above all, its meaning.

These questions have intrigued Ellis—one of our most celebrated scholars of American history—throughout his entire career. With this much-anticipated volume, he at last brings the story of the revolution to vivid life for our modern era.

Completing a trilogy of books that began with Founding Brothers, The Cause returns us to the very heart of the American founding, telling the military and political story of the war for independence from the ground up, and from all sides: British and American, loyalist and patriot, white and Black.

Taking us from the end of the Seven Years’ War to 1783, and drawing on a wealth of previously untapped sources, The Cause interweaves action-packed tales of North American military campaigns with parlor-room intrigues back in England, creating a thrilling narrative that brings together a cast of familiar and long-forgotten characters.

 

Joseph J. Ellis

Joseph J. Ellis is one of the nation's leading scholars of American history. 

He is the best-selling author of twelve books, including American Sphinx, which won the National Book Award, and Founding Brothers, which won the Pulitzer Prize. His in-depth chronicle of the life of our first president, His Excellency: George Washington, was a New York Times bestseller. 

He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, and Plymouth, Vermont.

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Stephen A. McLeod

Director, Library Programs

703.799.8686

smcleod@mountvernon.org

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