Thursday, September 14, 2017

History prof looks at youthful Revolutionary War soldiers in Asheboro library talk

Dr. Jake Rudman
ASHEBORO – Young soldiers carried a heavy burden in the American Revolution.

“Going for a soldier” forced young men to confront profound uncertainty and coercion, but serving in the military also offered novel opportunities.

Historian Dr. Jake Rudman will consider the experiences of these young men in “Becoming Men of Some Consequence: Youth and Military Service in the Revolutionary War,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 28, at the Asheboro Public Library. The talk, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is free and the public is invited.

Based on his 2014 book of the same title, Rudman’s talk examines the soldiers’ relationships, economic goals and politics, and their visions of their own independence.

Rudman, who holds a PhD in American History from Yale University, is an associate professor of history at Wake Forest University.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street. For further information, call 336-318-6803.

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