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The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold

Special Spy Week Lecture

Presented by Joyce Malcolm*

Malcolm takes a look at Benedict Arnold's major military achievements decisive for the cause of independence and those problems that persuaded him to make his fatal decision to join the British.

Joyce Lee Malcolm is an historian and constitutional scholar specializing in British and Colonial American history.  She is Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional law and the Second Amendment at Scalia Law School, George Mason University and author of eight books and numerous articles. In addition to The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold: An American Life these include Peter’s War: A New England Slave Boy and the American Revolution, published by Yale, which tells the story of Peter, a “negroe servant boy” sold as a toddler who fought for the patriot cause, illuminating the experience of soldiers white and black during the American Revolution. To Keep and Bear Arms: The Origins of an Anglo-American Right was cited by the US Supreme Court in its landmark Second Amendment cases while Guns and Violence: The English Experience, which tracks English laws on crime broke new ground.  Malcolm’s essays have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The London Telegraph, The Financial Times and other newspapers.

Earlier Event: September 15
Spy Week
Later Event: September 21
Nathan Hale Commemoration