American Revolution rocks Big History

The weekly series by Dr. Rick Whaley and Herman Bender continues at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at the Fond du Lac Public Library. Big History: From the Revolution to the Mexican War will run through March 28. The programs are free; no registration required.

This is the duo’s fifth year teaching entertaining and thought-provoking history presentations at the library. The sessions include great storytelling and artifacts from Bender’s personal collection. Each week “Big History” will march through time as the nation moves toward Revolution and beyond with attention paid to American Indians, slavery and the frontier experience. The February class outline:

  • February 7: The causes of the American Revolution and why they resonate today. How important was General Washington?
  • February 14: How did the Articles of Confederation impact military events? What role did the French play?
  • February 21: How the Revolution was won.
  • February 28: The New Republic, political crisis, expansion and change.

Whaley retired in 2015 after 43 years of teaching, the last 22 years in Marian University’s History Dept., where he taught American history, geography, American government and honors classes. He received his master’s and doctorate in history from the University of North Dakota. Whaley’s particular interests include American history and the Civil War. He’s traveled extensively in the United States and Europe.

Bender is an independent researcher, writer and editor. His professional background includes geology and a technical field in industry. He is internationally published in the fields of applied geophysics, cultural landscape studies, prehistoric trails, archeoastronomy (prehistoric astronomy beliefs plus site investigations) and cosmology as a recognized specialist in Plains and Woodland Native American astronomy traditions.

In the photo: A map of the United States, circa 1814.


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