2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 17 and 24
"Causes of of the U.S. Constitution" and "The American Revolution"

The Betty Strong Encounter Center will focus on the Revolutionary War with two free February lectures by Dr. Don Hickey, Wayne State College Professor of History.

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Hickey will explore the complex nature of the Revolution in “The Causes of the American Revolution, 1763-1775” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17.

“Why were people living in the colonies, who were proud members of the British Empire in 1763, willing to take up arms against the imperial government just 12 years later?” Hickey asks.

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Next, the scholar will discuss the military and diplomatic history of the conflict in “The Revolutionary War, 1775-1783” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24.

“How did the new nation prevail on the battlefields of America as well as in the diplomatic salons of Europe so that in the end, Americans won not only the war but also the peace?” asks Hickey.         

Hickey is a specialist in early American history and American military history. He is best known for his books, “The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict” (University of Illinois Press) and “Nebraska Moments: Glimpses of Nebraska’s Past” (University of Nebraska Press). Hickey holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.