History Happy Hour

One of the best parts of going on a Stephen Ambrose Historical Tour is crowding into the bar at happy hour to discuss the places you have been and kibbitz over history tidbits.

Each Sunday at 4PM EDT, host-historians Christopher Anderson in London and Rick Beyer in Chicago each grab a cocktail and go live to talk history (and maybe some smack) during History Happy Hour. They welcome fascinating and knowledgeable guests such as authors Andrew Roberts, Joe Balkoski, Lynne Olson, and Hampton Sides for entertaining history discussions. And you get to join the conversation as well with questions and comments.

The bar is open every Sunday at 4 PM ET on the History Happy Hour Facebook page and YouTube channel.

History Happy Hour, the spot where history is always on tap.

History Happy Hour Episode 122: Hessions in the Revolutionary War

This week on History Happy Hour: During America’s War for Independence, nearly 30,000 German soldiers came to the Colonies to fight for Britain. Collectively known as Hessians, they served everywhere from Canada to Cuba and shared in every significant British triumph and defeat.  What were their experiences and how did the war look to them?

Chris and Rick welcome historian Friederike Baer, who has written a groundbreaking book on the subject; Hessians: German Soldiers in the American Revolutionary War.

A different angle on the Revolution, Sunday at 4PM ET on History Happy Hour, where history is always on ta







Friederike BaerThis Week’s Guest: Friederike Baer is an Associate Professor of History at Pennsylvania State University, Abington College. She holds a Ph.D. in History from Brown University, where she studied under famed Rev War scholar Gordon Wood.  Her research focuses on the experiences of German-speaking people in North America from the Revolutionary period to the late nineteenth century.












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Upcoming History Happy Hours

December 11 – “At First Light” 

Guest: Walt Larimore

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