The White Hart Speaker Series: Tom Shachtman - How the French Saved America: Soldiers, Sailors, Diplomats, Louis XVI, and the Success of a Revolution

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
The White Hart Inn
15 Undermountain Rd
Salisbury, CT 06068

The White Hart Speaker Series is presented in collaboration with Oblong Books & Music & Scoville Memorial Library

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Americans today have a love/hate relationship with France, but in this illuminating new history, Tom Shachtman shows that without France, there might not be a United States of America.

To the rebelling colonies, French assistance made the difference between looming defeat and eventual triumph. Even before the Declaration of Independence was issued, King Louis XVI and French foreign minister Vergennes were aiding the rebels. After the Declaration, that assistance broadened to include wages for our troops; guns, cannon, and ammunition; engineering expertise that enabled victories and prevented defeats; diplomatic recognition; safe havens for privateers; battlefield leadership by veteran officers; and the army and fleet that made possible the Franco-American victory at Yorktown. 

Tom Shachtman has written or co-authored more than thirty books, as well as documentaries for ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, and BBC, and has taught at New York University and lectured at Harvard and Stanford. He is a former chairman of The Writers Room in Manhattan, a trustee of the Connecticut Humanities Council, a founding director of the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area, and is currently a consultant to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's science and technology initiatives.

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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 12th, 2017

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