Academics

Dr. Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy to speak about "The Men Who Lost America"

Date posted: April 24, 2012

MILWAUKEE - Dr. Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy, director of the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and professor of history at the University of Virginia, will speak at Wisconsin Lutheran College on April 25 at 7:00 p.m. His topic is "The Men Who Lost America: The Role of British Leadership in the Revolutionary War." The lecture is presented by the Wisconsin Lutheran College History Department.

The Revolutionary War was one that Britain seemingly should have won as a major military power. It is therefore commonly assumed that failure must have been due to the incompetence of the commanders and the politicians who are ridiculed in fiction and in movies. Although less crudely presented, such caricatures even permeate scholarly literature. The talk will challenge the stereotypes and offer a very different explanation of why Britain lost the American War of Independence.

The presentation will be held in the Reichel Lecture Hall, FM15, in the college's Center for Arts and Performance, 8815 West Wisconsin Avenue. It is free and open to the public.

Dr. O'Shaughnessy is the author of An Empire Divided: The American Revolution and the British Caribbean. He is an editor of the Jeffersonian American Series of the University of Virginia Press; a member of the advisory board of the Founding Fathers’ Libraries Project; a member of the advisory board of The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution at the Center for the Study of the American Constitution; the advisory board of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series; and a member of the advisory council of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies in Philadelphia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and has appeared on The History Channel. A dual citizen of the United States and Britain, he is completing a book about the British generals and politicians behind the American War of Independence, titled The Men Who Lost America.

Wisconsin Lutheran College is an independent Christian college in Milwaukee that is recognized for its academic excellence and Christian leadership tenets.