OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Edward Countryman

Portrait of Edward Countryman

Edward Countryman won the Bancroft Prize for A People in Revolution: The American Revolution and Political Society in New York, 1760-1790 (1981). He also has written The American Revolution (1985, revised edition in progress), Americans: A Collision of Histories (1996), and, most recently, Enjoy the Same Liberty: African Americans and the Era of the American Revolution (2011). His teaching interest in film studies led to Shane (1999), with Evonne Von Heussen Countryman. He has taught in New Zealand and Britain and is now a University Distinguished Professor in the Clements Department of History at Southern Methodist University.

Featured Lecture

OAH Lectures

Exploring how to understand the American Revolution in relation to (a) revived interest (b) a fresh understanding of the colonial situation and (c) connecting the Revolution's achievements to the failure of the Republic that it created and that republic's descent into failure as a state and the Civil War.
Rethinking the War of Independence: linking it to the defining characteristics of the colonial area as historians of now understand it, to the major transformations of the revolutionary era, and to the troubled history of the Republic until the Civil War.
How to understand Washington's take on the history he was making, including an entirely fresh reading of his infatuation with Joseph Addison's play Cato, which many scholars have cited but few, apparently, have actually read.