To celebrate the 4th of July, here is a deep dive into our war of independence with the legendary historian John E. Ferling. We talk about his epic new book, Winning Independence and how close we came to losing to England. John and I also talk about the current debates around our heritage including many of the dark chapters in our ongoing evolution.
John E. Ferling is a professor emeritus of history at the University of West Georgia. As a leading historian in the American Revolution and founding era, he has appeared in television documentaries on PBS, the History Channel, C-SPAN Book TV, and the Learning Channel.
John is a leading authority on late 18th and early 19th century American history. He is the author of many books, including Independence, The Ascent of George Washington, Almost a Miracle, Setting the World Ablaze, and A Leap in the Dark.
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