David Head, Ph.D.


David Head, Ph.D., teaches history at the University of Central Florida. He is the author of “Privateers of the Americas: Spanish American Privateering from the United States in the Early Republic” (University of Georgia Press, 2015) and the editor of “Encyclopedia of the Atlantic World” (ABC-CLIO, 2017) and “The Golden Age of Piracy: The Rise, Fall, and Enduring Popularity of Pirates” (Georgia, 2018). Professor Head is currently writing a new book about George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy and the end of the American Revolution. In 2016, he was the Amanda and Greg Gregory Family Fellow at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mt. Vernon and the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend. An awardwinning scholar, he speaks regularly to community groups, historical societies and lifelong learners. Professor Head received his B.A. in history from Niagara University and his Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo.

Learn more about Professor Head at www.davidheadhistory.com.

George Washington and the Newburgh Conspiracy (Video on Demand)

How the General Rescued the American Revolution in the War's Waning Days

Originally recorded in fall 2019 term.

The presentation tells the story of the Newburgh Conspiracy, a mysterious event at the end of the American Revolution in which Continental Army officers, disgruntled by a lack of pay and pensions, may have collaborated with nationalist-minded politicians such as Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and Robert Morris to pressure Congress and the states to approve new taxes and strengthen the central government. Fearing what his men might do with their passions inflamed, Washington averted the crisis with an impassioned speech to a group of angry officers — and with an unexpected gesture: donning new glasses.

Students will learn:
  • Why the army and civilians were so suspicious of each other throughout the American Revolution
  • Whether there was really a coup in motion to supplant Washington’s command
  • How Washington, a man of action, diffused the crisis with his words and his reputation for virtue
  • Why demobilizing an army is so difficult even when a war ends in victory

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Course # F1M1V — One Time Event
Place:Auditorium, Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
Dates:Tuesday, July 28 2020
Time:12 - 1:30 PM
Fee:$30 / member; $35 / non-member

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