PROMM with John L. Moore
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Topic: 1780: Year of Revenge
Described as a "merry widow," a mysterious young woman detained a Hessian colonel in Mount Holly, New Jersey, during the very hours that George Washington and the American were marching against Trenton. Nobody knows who she was, but by entertaining their commander all night on Christmas night 1776, she kept hundreds of Hessian troops 25 miles away from Trenton — out of the action. Moore will be talking about her and the mystery that surrounds her patriotic act in his program about the history of the Revolutionary War.
John will also talk about his latest book - 1780: Year of Revenge which is the third book in his "Revolutionary Pennsylvania Series," which details the stories of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvanians caught up in the American Revolution. For the Iroquois, 1780 became a year for revenge. As winter ended, their warriors didn't wait for the snow to melt before they sharpened their tomahawks, donned their snowshoes and headed for Pennsylvania. The first attacks caught settlers making sugar in their maple groves and re-building farms damaged by previous raids. The warriors terrorized the entire frontier. Across Pennsylvania, militia officers scrambled to protect their settlements. As William Maclay of Sunbury, Pa., implored Governor Joseph Reed, "... Help us if you can."
John L. Moore is a professional storyteller who specializes in dramatic episodes from Pennsylvania's colonial history. Dressed in 18th-century clothing, he does storytelling in the persona of "Susquehanna Jack," a frontier ruffman. Moore has participated in several archaeological excavations of Native American sites. His 45-year career in journalism included stints as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal; as a Harrisburg-based legislative correspondent for Ottaway News Service; as managing editor of The Sentinel at Lewistown; as editorial page editor and managing editor at The Daily Item in Sunbury; and as editor of the Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal in Bethlehem.
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