Big History: America's Rising, 1777-1789, Politics, War & Freedom

Event Type: Library Event
Date: 4/3/2019
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 7:30 PM
 Back for their sixth year of free American history presentations at the FDL Public Library, Dr. Rick Whaley and Herman Bender will present the 9-week series, 'Big History: America’s Rising, 1777-1789, Politics, War & Freedom.' The programs are free; no registration required.

The duo will start with setting the scene and explaining what happened to make 1777 such a pivotal year in the War for Independence from Great Britain. They’ll take the rest of the presentations to cover the Revolution in depth. Topics will include the end of the war in 1783; the Northwest Territorial Act, which created five states (including Wisconsin); the failure of the Articles of Confederation; and the Constitutional Convention of 1787-89, which gave us the Constitution of the United States, including the Bill of Rights.

Whaley retired in 2015 after 43 years of teaching, the last 22 years in Marian University’s History Dept., where he taught American history, geography, American government and honors classes. He received his master’s and doctorate in history from the University of North Dakota. Whaley’s particular interests include American history and the Civil War. He’s traveled extensively in the United States and Europe.

Bender is an independent researcher, writer and editor. His professional background includes geology and a technical field in industry. He is internationally published in the fields of applied geophysics, cultural landscape studies, prehistoric trails, archeoastronomy (prehistoric astronomy beliefs plus site investigations) and cosmology as a recognized specialist in Plains and Woodland Native American astronomy traditions.

Location: Eugene G. McLane Meeting Room