Victory or Death: General Washington at Trenton & Princeton

General Washington at the Battles of Trenton and Princeton
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By the end of this course, you will be able to intelligently discuss the background and course of the Battles of Trenton and Princeton, especially concerning the actions of General George Washington.
In this course, you will learn about the terrible and bleak condition of the American troops in 1776, and how it appeared to most people that the Revolution was almost over.
In this course, you will grasp Washington's plans to achieve victory at both the towns of Trenton and Princeton.
In this course, you will come to appreciate the sacrifices of so many who contributed to the American victories at Trenton and Princeton.


  • To take this course, persons need to have a computer and either speakers or headphones for the video segments.


This short course will present two pivotal battles in the American Revolution, the Battles of Trenton and Princeton. These battles helped revive the cause for those fighting against England for independence. There are 13 video lectures, totaling approximately 2 hours. The lectures include over 270 Powerpoint slides to help visualize the material. There are also links to read or listen to "The American Crisis", written by Thomas Paine, and a bibliography in APA format. There are also weekly student notes and self-check quizzes, and a final crossword puzzle.

This course is for all adults, high school and above, and it should appeal to anyone who loves a good dramatic account in history, and to those who appreciate the unexpected victories of those perceived as 'underdogs'.

Who this course is for:

  • This course is suitable for all persons, high school age and up.

Course content

4 sections13 lectures1h 58m total length
  • Introduction to the Course
  • Background
  • Three Patriot Examples With Washington
  • Winter Quarters


Professor of history
Gerald Franz
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      Dr. Franz has been teaching history for 34 years in various colleges, and sometimes to high school students.  He has written a number of historical dramas for his history students, and after one season's performance, he received a letter of commendation from former president George Bush, Sr. for making history alive to students today.  He has also taken history students on a number of field trips to various important historical locations.  He hopes to continue putting short history courses on Udemy in order to share his favorite historical events.  He currently teaches many online history courses for various universities, along with various live classes in his area. 

    He has been married since 1983 to Wendy, and they have a son and daughter, both adults.  In their spare time, they love to walk, jog, swim, and ride their bikes.