On March 9, 1848, the twenty-three members of the Hanau People’s Commission—leading citizens of the small German city on the Main River, upstream from Frankfurt—declared their participation in the quickly-spreading upheaval of the March Revolutions of 1848. Their target was Friedrich Wilhelm, the Prince-Elector (in German, Kurfurst) of Hesse, the sovereign ruler of a principality stretching from Hanau north toward Fulda, Marburg, and Kassel, the city of the Prince-Elector’s residence.
Written by Eric H. Limbach. Narration by Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle. Video production by Katherine Weiss, Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle, and Laura Seeger.