Early American History Seminar Making Saltpetre for the Continental Army: How Americans Understood the Environment During the War of Independence 2 April 2013.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM David Hsiung, Juniata College Comment: Rob Martello, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

This case study focuses on how Americans understood the workings of the natural world as they imperfectly made gunpowder for the Continental Army. It argues that paying attention to the interactions between humans and the natural environment leads to a richer understanding of the war, and that modern American attitudes towards the environment have important roots in the Revolutionary period.