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The American Revolutionary War spanned 8 bloody years of war, brutality, and conflict. When the America of today looks back on it now, we tend to look back with reverence and even idolization – but we don’t think about the foul hygiene, wretched conditions, and ethical atrocities that occurred for even longer than the 8 years of war leading up to America’s hard-fought freedom.

This week, in honor of the July 4th holiday, Carrie takes us back in time to the stinking rooms in Independence Hall, frozen encampments of Valley Forge, and devastating defeats at Fort Griswold that were just some of the horrors of the Revolutionary period. From disease to assault to tarring and feathering, we’ll discover how the American revolution was much more than a quaint, bloodless time of tight breeches, tea parties and rapping Founding Fathers.


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