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Willard Sterne Randall to Speak at VCS March 7th

Parents are invited to attend the Wednesday, March 7th Common Hour at 9:40 a.m. when noted author, Willard Sterne Randall speaks to the VCS community about his new book, Ethan Allen: His Life and Times (2011). It is a portrait of the flamboyant guerrilla fighter and Vermont patriot, Ethan Allen, a hero of the American Revolution, who has always been defined by his daring, pre-dawn attack on the British-controlled Fort Ticonderoga.

Will Randall will share insights about one of Vermont’s original and largely unexamined patriots, Ethan Allen, and will trace his beginnings back to his modest origins in Connecticut, and forward to his crusade to secure Vermont’s independence from New York as a state in its own right. Randall’s previous books include A Little Revenge: Benjamin Franklin and His Son (1984), Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor (1990), a New York Times Notable Book, Thomas Jefferson: A Life (1993), George Washington: A Life (1998), Forgotten Americans: Footnote Figures Who Changed American History (1999), and Alexander Hamilton: A Life (2003). An article by Randall was also recently published in the Daily Beast.

Randall is Visiting Professor of Humanities at Champlain College. A contributing editor to American Heritage Magazine and MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, he regularly reviews biographies for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Globe and Journal of American History. The author will have copies of the book available at the conclusion of Common Hour for signing for those interested.

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