Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor?
Thursday, April 20 at 7 pm
We all think we know the story of Benedict Arnold, the American Revolutionary War general who fought for the Continental Army but then defected to the British. Recalled mainly as a traitor for his 1780 defection, Arnold had risked his life and fortune for American freedom in courageous exploits between 1775 and 1778, when the dream of independence was at its most fragile. As an officer in the Continental Army Arnold ably led American forces in desperate circumstances against impossible odds - in a blinding snowstorm, through a howling wilderness, and against the extraordinary might of the Royal Navy. George Morrison will take you on a journey through New England, Canada, and New York tracing the complex story of this infamous American icon. Morrison earned a BA in History at UNH and served for 27 years as a high school teacher. This lecture is generously sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities.524-4775