Radio Times

Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution

July 4, 2014

Hour Two

Guest: Nathaniel Philbrick

[From the Radio Times Archive] Was the order, “Don’t fire ‘till you see the whites of their eyes” really shouted at rebels near Boston’s Breed’s Hill? How was Boston the ‘cradle of liberty’ as one in five families were slave holders in the mid-18th century? National Book Award-winning historian NATHANIEL PHILBRICK says “Boston was known for its love of liberty, its piety and its prostitutes” and comes in to explore the truth behind the myths that have become our American history. Eighteen months after the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill is considered the bloodiest battle of the Revolutionary War – 1,054 British and over 400 militia members from several colonies were killed or wounded in two hours, leaving Boston under British control. Marty sat down with Philbrick last May to discuss his book is Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution.

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