The New York Landmarks Conservancy In partnership with The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York cordially invites you to a Landmark Lecture
Great New York Fire of 1776: Lost Tale of the American Revolution
With Professor Benjamin L. Carp, Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center
This will be an in-person and online lecture on Tuesday, May 23rd 6:00 pm
General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of The City of New York
20 West 44th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
Who set the mysterious fire that burned down much of New York shortly after the British took the city during the Revolutionary War?
New York City, the strategic center of the Revolutionary War, was the most important place in North America in 1776. That summer, an unruly rebel army under George Washington repeatedly threatened to burn it rather than let the British take it. Shortly after the Crown’s forces took the City, much of it mysteriously burned to the ground.
This is the first book to fully explore The Great Fire of 1776 and why its origins remained a mystery even after the British investigated it in 1776 and 1783. Uncovering stories of espionage, terror, and radicalism, Benjamin L. Carp paints a vivid picture of the chaos, passions, and unresolved tragedies that define a historical moment we usually associate with “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Benjamin L. Carp is professor of history at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America and Rebels Rising: Cities and the American Revolution. He lives in New York City