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When the US Spoke French—The Role of France in the American Revolution and its Aftermath
  • Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

Authors Larrie Ferreiro and François Furstenberg will discuss French involvement in the Revolutionary War and early America, sharing how the Revolution’s success depended on the assistance provided by France and Spain and information on the nation’s formative years, with special attention to a distinguished circle of five Frenchmen taking refuge in America. Guiding the discussion will be Rosemarie Zagarri, Professor of History, George Mason University.

Book signings of Brothers at Arms and When the United States Spoke French will follow the program. Purchase these books on the day of the event from the National Archives Store and receive a 15% discount (members get 20% off).

Presented by the National Archives in partnership with the French American Cultural Foundation and The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati.

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All public programs at the National Archives are free and streamed live online via the National Archives’ YouTube channel. Reservations are recommended; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. Click here for more information on getting to the National Archives and parking.

Live captioning will be available online and in the William G. McGowan Theater. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for an event (such as a downloadable transcript or a sign language interpreter), please send an email to public.program@nara.gov or call 202.357.5000 in advance.