USCHS -- Lunch Talk: Robert Watson ("When Washington Burned"):
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Description of Pictures: When Washington Burned: The British Invasion of the Capital and a Nation’s Rise from the Ashes
Join us on August 24 for a captivating hybrid event with author and Historian Dr. Robert Watson. Together, we’ll discuss his upcoming book, “When Washington Burned,” which tells the forgotten story of August 24, 1814, when British forces captured Washington, threatening the survival of the nation. Dr. Watson’s book details the British campaign and American missteps that led to the fall of the capital city but also tells the redeeming stories of the courageous young clerks and the bold first lady who risked their lives to save priceless documents from the flames, including the Constitution.
Dr. Robert Watson is an award-winning author, professor, historian, and media analyst with a passion for history and politics. He has published over forty books, five works of fiction, and hundreds of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, and reference essays.
He also serves as the series editor for the long-running scholarly book anthology on the American presidency published by the State University of New York and as the editor of two popular multi-volume encyclopedia sets -– The American Presidents and American First Ladies –- which are currently in their fourth and third editions, respectively. Several of his books won national and international book awards and were featured at major literary festivals and on C-SPAN.
Throughout his career, Dr. Watson served as editor or a board member for several scholarly journals and served on the boards of local non-profit organizations, including the Harry Truman Foundation, the Calvin Coolidge Foundation, and George McGovern Library and Center for Public Service, co-convened a half-dozen national conferences on the American presidency and was the co-founder of the annual Truman Legacy Symposium which is held at the Harry S. Truman Little White House and sponsored by the Truman Presidential Library.
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