There is certainly historical evidence of the “unintelligibility of the Yankee accent”; just as there is also the same regarding York, Welsh, and Cornish accents – and having lived in Britain, those complaints continue today. I’ve long ago come to the realization that there will never be a faithfully made movie or television show about historical events. Now you have me wondering if breeches on babies is the Revolution’s equivalent to The Fonz “jumping the shark”? Rogers’ creditors sent him to debtors prison between the wars and there he became an alcoholic. And that only pertained to the slave trade aspect of it, as slavery wasn’t fully abolished in Britain until the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833. John André is introduced as the Chief of the British secret service in New York, but in reality he was a prisoner of war for most of 1776. For example, Judge Richard Woodhull is mis-presented as a Loyalist, but that enables TURN to tell the harsh reality of the many families torn asunder by divergent views on American independence from Britain. This recent article addressing TURN’s portrayal of British generals as criminals has greatly angered English historians and it, together with the accompanying comments, are worth considering when we discuss the validity, and intellectual damage, that contemporary Hollywood-based fiction inflicts on this contest: http://www.express.co.uk/news/history/584322/History-Boston-Tea-Party-USA-England-war-criminal-American-revolution. Read up on Rogers and Simcoe; fascinating characters whose exploits illustrate the turmoil that took place on Long Island during its occupation. Use Twitter, Facebook, etc. When you read British letters of the period you frequently run across complaints about the impenetrability of the horrid Yankee accent. Forgive my coming late to this party–I just watched the pilot this AM: did I hear correctly, that Anna Strong identified Simcoe as “that Welsh officer”? If it provokes curiosity in the times, the War and our founding, that’s a double; if it sells more books on the subject, that’s a triple. Great suggestion, SPM. It may only be anecdotal, but I recall it being mentioned that Rogers was the only man Washington was afraid of. It’s been my understanding from a handful of British friends, and via internet chatter, that the American Revolution is but a blip in their scholastic sequence. I love history and enjoy learning about it but have little time to truly research it and watching it peaked my interest enough that I am here. Great to see AMC promoting the daylights out of this series. There is also an article on the topic in the Journal of the American Revolution special hardcopy edition. So Somersett is a poor example to cite in example of slaves being freed. The Welshman. Not everybody shells out for HBO, but the dodgy CGI & incoherent plot will probably not tempt a casual audience. I am currently reading Washington’s Spies and just bought Mr. Nagy’s books. There were historically savvy people on set and we tried to keep the presentation accurate within the bounds of audience understanding and “portrayability” (which usually comes down to “cost”). It’s dark, intriguing and well produced and the historical inaccuracies didn’t get in the way of my enjoyment. Yet, reenacting also has it share of flaws and inaccuracies too. His book is a thorough look at Wayne’s Midnight assault which I used for my own research. Playing Woodhull, Jamie Bell conveys the apprehensiveness of someone feeling his way through uncharted territory. When the various riders departed Boston on the night of April 18, 1775, they were essentially on an intelligence mission. Employ this strategy to call special attention to a character: Daniel Deronda, Bilbo Baggins, Ratso Rizzo, Severus Snape. As SPM mentioned, I can tell you from my interview with Executive Producer Barry Josephson that these types of exchanges are something that the producers hoped to inspire. His father was 63 and of a family that supported the Patriot politics, so not really the crafty Loyalist as depicted. There are actually very few characters in the show with beards. I admit stealing traits of people I know, or strangers I observe, and putting those traits into my characters to help them feel like real people. Now multiple that research by tens of thousands of viewers and we have an exciting new generation of RevWar enthusiasts, which is nice. As a “TURN” background cast member I’m thrilled to see these JAR comments. A “just the facts” show would be boring; adding interpersonal relationships adds enticing honey and spice. As you mention, the Patriots in New England conducted intelligence activities before and after hostilities began. Perhaps he will factor into Season 2? How a guy carries himself is a big turn on/off. that others might complain of. As far as how they see the war today — the comments certainly were interesting. Overall, the major dynamics of the times and the Culper Ring come together in a style that is both thrilling and accurate – with some artistic allowances for the medium. I also watched the first three episodes with Mike for this article and I thoroughly enjoyed the show–not only for the entertainment, but also for the flood of research and discovery it inspired. I hope that provides some points to consider and adds to you – and the class’ – viewing experience. D&D Beyond I throw it all away," he told IGN. If I may quote that great social commentator, Groucho, “I find television very educating. I was about ready to change the channel when I saw that. The Cornish and the Welsh are closely related, so there could well be mannerisms, idioms, etc., which might “mark” him as Brythonic, but I’m still wondering about Anna’s comment. They did it for a cause and put their lives in constant risk, and “Turn” richly and creatively depicts their journeys. The 1772 Somerset case proves how difficult it was for a successful manumission suit to succeed. “Turn” opens in the autumn of 1776 with the British capture of New York City and the surrounding area. Take advantage of this by exploring the great characters in your own neck of the woods. The Culper Ring was not America’s first, or only spy operation in the Revolution. We all know that AMC's Turn: Washington's Spies is rooted in real American Revolutionary War history â but that can mean a lot of different things when you're talking about television. The real Simcoe was born in 1752 to a Royal Navy captain who died during the French and Indian War. I also winced a bit during the scene when Woodhull learned about the Hessians going to Trenton; of course no such exchange occurred in real life, and there are other similar wince-inducing scenes. Richard’s undermining of Abe and Anna’s fictional engagement and pressuring Abe into marrying a girl whose family leaned more to his political liking is exactly on target in presenting the patriarchal dominion of that time. Created by Craig Silverstein. The Slave Trade Act of 1807 wasn’t passed for 31 years in England. I’m not sure why I did not see these comments until today, when I was prompted by the new review of TURN’s first season to look back at my earlier post. Next, some governors carefully construed the terms of the promise as having been fulfilled only if the slaves actually “fought” – digging fortifications or providing a labor force did not always merit manumission. How can even an informed layman (laywoman? Perhaps not, but as an artifice of the show it communicates that the Roger’s character is an outsider to both the Continentals and British alike.). I wondered at finding this article on a history site–then noted the date it was posted. So take a few steps back, watch how the story unfolds, then check out Washington’s Spies or the original Culper correspondence that still exists in the George Washington Papers, The Writings of George Washington, and other document collections. (IMO, a justifiable complaint is that the accents aren’t consistent; Jaimie and Heather (Abe and Anna) sound Irish-ish, yet Abe’s father, Richard (played by Kevin) is the most American sounding of the primary characters. You can also check out Pennypacker’s “General Washington’s Spies on Long Island and in New York” and Bakeless’s “Turncoats, Traitors, and Heroes: Espionage in the American Revolution.” However both of those are a bit long in the tooth now, and the authors were a little too willing to include less-than-verifiable information along with the documented facts of the intelligence activities, so I recommend you compare the information on both of those books to other sources. Comments noted, KM. There should be one for Rogers. I especially liked how Woodhull leveraged the selling of his farm goods into a conversation with the Hessians and ended up picking up a valuable piece of intelligence – which is exactly how the real Woodhull operated. Why? I heard of the Culper spy ring, Simcoe and Andre on those many visits. More importantly to me as a teacher, the accents made the ornate language of the time even more difficult for my 7th graders to follow. But, just because Woodhull is a real person, it doesn't mean that the series doesn't take its own artistic license, at least according to showrunner Craig Silverstein. Watching it as the pandemic news and anarchy unfolds every night, finishing now as two virtual political conventions conclude. methinks historians can get it wrong, too. They are grouped by loyalties and roughly in order of first rank. Yes, Woodhull was a real person â one you've probably never heard about in â¦ I wish they had this series when I was in high school because I would’ve been a lot more interested in the Revolutionary war. It would be nice if all four seasons were put on Netflix to avoid the commercials. HidrÄlÄy Pro member. I was also hooked within 5 minutes. Wonder no more. Hope everyone reading this will tune in tonight @9 (EDT) on AMC to watch. 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