Elm and Ivy and the War of Independence

Learn about the former Yale president who confronted a British invasion force, as well as other tales of Yale and New Haven during the Revolutionary War, in this lecture from Professor Joanne Freeman’s Open Yale Course, “The American Revolution.”

When British forces invaded New Haven in 1779, Yale Divinity School professor and former Yale president Naphtali Daggett was among the citizens who rode out to confront the Redcoats.

Daggett’s story is just one of the tales of life at Yale and in New Haven before and during the War of Independence that are recounted in this lecture from Professor Joanne B. Freeman’s Open Yale Course, “The American Revolution.”

Titled “Citizens and Choices: Experiencing the Revolution in New Haven,” the lecture looks at the conflicted loyalties, deprivations and atrocities that took place on a local level as illustrations of the wider dilemmas facing all Colonists at that time.

Click here to learn more about “The American Revolution” Open Yale Course.

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