Has our lockdown year dragged on even longer because of political polarity? Perhaps there’d be less chaotic anxiety if all were sure where those poles sat: the closer one, and the one embraced by “the other.” But we’d have to know what that other might rebel against. And why respecting the rule of law might resemble surrendering to oppression. Mary Beth Norton can point us toward an important year that similarly stretched Americans toward the breaking point. The Cornell historian is giving a presentation on her book “1774: The Long Year of Revolution,” available courtesy of the Filson Historical Society, with some help from Carmichael’s Bookstore and SimpleTix. Norton thoroughly opens up the period between the Boston Tea Party and the battles of Lexington and Concord. Our nation’s founders weren’t of a single mind over how to respond to the Intolerable Acts. Potentially greater understanding is here for the taking.
Tuesday, Mar. 16Virtual
6 p.m. | Free (Register at website)