Published March 20, 2020

Join Virginia Humanities Fellow Dave Hsiung for this talk exploring the ways the American Revolutionary War shaped our natural environment.

David Hsiung – photo courtesy Juniata College

In order to function during the War of Independence, armies and navies needed multiple sources of energy—food, firewood, work animals (which also needed food), ammunition, and more.  How did specific natural environments in Virginia fuel those military metabolisms and shape the course of the war?  How did such actions affect those environments in the decades, and even centuries, that followed?  The environmental contexts and consequences of the war help us understand more deeply not only the history of Virginia, but also its connections to the rest of the United States and the globe.

Hsiung is the Charles and Shirley Knox Professor of History at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.

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Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

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