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"1774: The Long Year of Revolution"

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Aired Thursday, February 13, 2020

Very early in her career, American colonial historian Mary Beth Norton came to believe that the critical year in American independence was not 1776, but the year, 1774. But her academic focus on women's colonial history, sidelined her interest in fleshing out this theory. But the author of the critical women's histories, "In the Devil's Snare",  "Liberty's Daughters." and "Separated by Their Sex," has returned to this thesis, in her latest book, "1774: The Long Year of Revolution." In this pivotal 17 months period, from the Boston Tea Party in December 1773, to the first shots at Lexington and Concord in April, 1775, Norton says the correspondence, pamphets and newspaper accounts she's read, demonstrate an evolution in thinking throughout the 13 colonies--from a loyalty to Great Britain, to a viewpoint that British rule must change, or war was inevitable. Norton is a professor emerita of American history at Cornell University, and discusses her new book on this edition of StudioTulsa.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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