NMHS Seminar Series: God Save Benedict Arnold with Jack Kelly
God Save Benedict Arnold:
The True Story of America’s Most Hated Man
with Jack Kelly
Thursday Evening, 22 February 2022
Zoom Lecture at 7:00 PM EST, Q&A to Follow
Seminars are free to attend, although we hope you will support the
Series with a suggested $10 Seminar Guest donation.
Join us for an evening with acclaimed author and historian Jack Kelly, as he explores the legacy of Benedict Arnold in his latest book, God Save Benedict Arnold: The True Story of America’s Most Hated Man.
The name Benedict Arnold is often synonymous with treason. In God Save Benedict Arnold, Kelly revisits Arnold’s overlooked contributions to the Revolutionary War, such as the strategic capture of Fort Ticonderoga, the daring Quebec expedition, his decisive actions at Valcour Island, and the crucial victory at Saratoga. Arnold’s abilities as a leader and as a courageous military officer were instrumental in the fight for American independence.
Arnold was also disloyal and traitorous, and though Kelly challenges us to look beyond Arnold’s notoriety, he does not excuse his treason. Instead, Kelly explores the complexity of Arnold’s character and reexamines the reasons that led to his infamous decision. In God Save Benedict Arnold, Kelly takes another look at Arnold, his conflicting ambitions and loyalties, revealing the contradiction of one of American history’s most interesting and enigmatic figures.
About the Speaker
Jack Kelly is an award-winning author and historian. He has published works of narrative nonfiction focusing on the Revolutionary War and early America. The New York Times called his writing “adrenaline in words.”
As an author, Jack specializes in bringing to readers a taste of the reality of the past, letting them smell the gunpowder and savor the adrenaline of combat.
Jack has received the DAR History Medal and is a New York Foundation for the Arts fellow in nonfiction literature. He has written for many national publications, and has appeared on the History Channel, National Public Radio, and C-Span. He lives and works in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Check out Jack’s popular Substack column Talking to America.