This lecture will discuss the conflicts in the 1770s when Pennsylvania and Virginia fought over control of Fort Pitt and Dunmore’s War, a war Virginia waged against the Shawnees for control of the Ohio. Dr. Spero’s book, “Frontier Country: The Politics of War in Early Pennsylvania,” aims to tell Pennsylvania’s revolutionary history as it was seen from the west. The episodes he unearthed at Fort Pitt, he argues, are as important to understanding the origins of the American Revolution and fight for Independence as the more well-known events happening in the east, such as the Boston Tea Party.
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Patrick Spero is the librarian and director of the American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia. As a scholar of early American history, Dr. Spero specializes in the era of the American Revolution. He has published over a dozen essays and reviews on the topic. He is the author of “Frontier Country: The Politics of War in Early Pennsylvania” and the edited anthology “The American Revolution Reborn: New Perspectives for the Twenty-First Century,” both published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Prior to his appointment at the American Philosophical Society, Dr. Spero taught at Williams College, where he served as an assistant professor of History and Leadership Studies and received recognition for his integration of new technology in the classroom. Dr. Spero has also held the position of historian at the David Library of the Revolution and served on their board of trustees. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 and has held long-term fellowships from the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the Society of the Cincinnati, the Doris Quinn Foundation, the David Library of the American Revolution, and the American Philosophical Society.