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
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:
Click here for a video preview.
- 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
Video link will be in class' lecture notes when made available. Click here to learn how to access lecture notes for registered classes.
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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|