003 – The Revolutionary Generation in 1840

Daniel Waldo, 1864. Illus. in: The last men of the revolution / E.B. Hillard. Hartford : N.A. & R.A. Moore, 1864, opp. p. 23. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Reproduction Number LC-USZ62-98760 (b&w film copy neg.)

This episode is dedicated to the memory of my grandmother, a member of another generation that is passing on.

As the idea of legacy is key to understanding William Henry Harrison and his time, in this episode, I examine how the revolutionary generation was considered by folks in 1840 – what they made of their legacy and how their ideas of the past were shaped by the circumstances of their present.

As a sidenote, I wanted to share a link to this article about photos discovered of Revolutionary War veterans that were taken in the Antebellum and Civil War period. One can only wonder what they thought of the changing world around them.

Please feel free to send any questions, comments, or suggestions for the podcast to harrisonpodcast@gmail.com or to comment below, and thanks for listening!

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