Senior University Georgetown and Essential History Expeditions have partnered to offer an exciting exploration of America’s founding for Senior University members! This expedition will explore Philadelphia, New York City and the battle for freedom in towns and fields in between. We will begin in Philadelphia, the center of revolutionary ferment and the capital of the new United States from 1775-83 and, again, from 1790-1800! We will explore the numerous sites on and surrounding the historic Independence Mall as well as the famed Philadelphia Art Museum. Meanwhile, New Jersey saw more revolutionary battles and encampments than any other state. The Mid-Atlantic seaboard was the military focus for much of the war, with the British headquartered out of NYC and the Americans out of Philadelphia. Trenton, Princeton, and Monmouth are a few of the familiar battlefield names. It was here, also, that the ideas of the colonists first coalesced into the roots from which would burst forth the tree of American liberty. We will end our expedition exploring our country’s founding in the bustling financial, business and entertainment capital of the world: New York City! In each location, we will envision these Revolutionary era cities and battlefields as they were in the time of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin as well as enjoy the vibrancy, arts and culture of these thoroughly modern cities. Today, the Mid-Atlantic region remains a cultural touchstone for the nation and we will explore its impact on music, art, theater, sports and food, as well as its foundational events and people that shaped our great United States.