War in the Peaceable Kingdom: The Kittanning Raid of 1756

A PowerPoint Presentation
by Brady Crytzer
Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 7:30 PM
Old Sewickley Post Office


BRADY J. CRYTZER is returning to SVHS to discuss his book War in the Peaceable Kingdom: The Kittanning Raid of 1756.  Crytzer holds an MA in History from Slippery Rock University and teaches History at Robert Morris University. He is the author of five books studying empire in North America and is the host of the hit cable television series “Battlefield Pennsylvania” on PCN. He is the winner of the Donald S. Kelly and Donna J. McKee Awards for Outstanding Scholarship and Service in the fields of History.

In this lecture, historian Crytzer follows the two major threads that intertwined at Kittanning: the French and Indian War that began in the Pennsylvania frontier, and the bitter struggle between pacifist Quakers and those Quakers and others—most notably, Benjamin Franklin—who supported the need to take up arms. It was a transformational moment for the American colonies. Rather than having a large, pacifist Pennsylvania in the heart of British North America, the colony now joined the others in training soldiers for defense. Ironically, it would be Pennsylvania soldiers who, in the early days of the American Revolution, would be crucial to the survival of George Washington’s army.

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