Black Rock History - The American Revolution

Tuesday, May 7th
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Black Rock Branch

SOUND RISING: Long Island Sound at the Forefront of America’s Struggle for Independence.

Join author and independent historian Richard Radune for a presentation and discussion of his new book Sound Rising. This groundbreaking, true story relates the Sound’s involvement in the capture of Fort Louisbourg, rampant smuggling, the Revolutionary War, the Undeclared War with France and the War of 1812. Finally, it was the entrepreneurs and seamen from Long Island Sound who were most responsible for the development of New York Port and Connecticut’s transition into an industrial economy.

Copies of Sound Rising will be available for purchase and signing.

Sound Rising challenges our perception of Long Island Sound in many surprising ways. The Sound was at the forefront of American trade with the West Indies and its location placed it in a position to influence the course of history during the critical years between 1750 and 1820. Its multitude of small ports, coves and navigable rivers provided a distinct advantage by thwarting British efforts to enforce trade restrictions and collect taxes.

The volume of trade emanating from Long Island Sound is underappreciated and it was the desire of these merchants for free tradewith the avoidance of customs duties that set the stage for war. The Sound played a crucial role in America’s Revolutionary War victory when its naval vessels, privateers and whaleboat raiders swarmed out of these same ports to interdict British supplies and force major changes in the enemy’s strategic war plans. Long Island Sound became no man’s land and an emotional vortex of “Whaleboat War” involving refugees from each side of the Sound.

Awards and Reviews

Sound Rising was designated a finalist in the 2012 Next Generation Independent Book Awards competition in two categories (Military and Historical Non-fiction). (See It was also reviewed by the Long Island History Journal and by the Association for the Study of Connecticut History. Both reviews were positive for presenting Long Island Sound as a central and unifying waterway that in many ways transcended the artificial colonial and later state boundaries by bringing people from all over the region into a single maritime system based on maritime activities. “In this, the author achieves what is best about maritime history, illustrating the connectivity of oceans, seas, lakes, and rivers, and their centrality to past human endeavors.”

Author Information

Richard Radune, a resident of Branford, Connecticut, is an author and independent historian. After graduating from Syracuse University in 1965with a major in U. S. History, he served as an Air Force Captain in North Dakota and Alaska. Following a 30 year business career, Mr. Radune researched and wrote the award winning book, Pequot Plantation: The Story of an Early Colonial Settlement which was published in 2005. His second book, Sound Rising, was published in 2011.

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