Category Archives: American Revolution

Desparate Sons by Les Standiford

I’m reading a review copy of Les Standiford’s excellent Desparate Sons, a very well researched historical narrative featuring the people and events leading up to the American Revolution.   In Desparate Sons most of the action takes place between 1765 and … Continue reading

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The Patriot War – Part 3

Patriots Open a Second Front Along Michigan Border As noted in the last post on the Patriot War, Buffalo New York opened its arms to fleeing Canadian rebels in December 1837. Buffalo citizens pledged money and munitions to help the … Continue reading

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Would today’s Tea Party have Opposed the U.S. Constitution?

David Sehat has an interesting commentary over at the CS Monitor concerning today’s Tea Party and the U.S. Constitution.  The Federalists wanted a strong central government that could correct the shortcomings of the Articles of Confederation. Men such as Alexander … Continue reading

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George Washington’s First War: His Early Military Adventures

George Washington’s First War: His Early Military Adventures, David A. Clary; Simon & Schuster; 352 p. George Washington was a brash, self-confident, driven, and often daring and dashing young man, he was also at times indecisive and prone to make … Continue reading

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Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration…

Do I dare show this to my U.S. Studies Class? We are approaching the American Revolution…

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Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788

Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788 by Pauline Maier [Pauline Maier is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of American History. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1968] In 1997 Alfred A. Knopf published Maier’s American Scripture: … Continue reading

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Today’s Tea Party Isn’t Quite Like 1773′s?

I would generally agree with this pretty fair article by NPR, Today’s Tea Party Isn’t Quite Like 1773′s. The current Tea Party movement is not protesting the lack of representation like their 1773 counterparts who had no representation at all. … Continue reading

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No the Minute-Men Did Not Fight for Just a Minute

In my regular (general) United States History class when I asked if anyone knew why they were called “Minute-men,” a student spoke up and declared, “Why that’s cuz they only fought for about a minute before they ran.” He was … Continue reading

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REVIEW: A Nation Rising: Untold Tales of Flawed Founders, Fallen Heroes, and Forgotten Fighters from America’s Hidden History

Kenneth C. Davis, A Nation Rising: Untold Tales of Flawed Founders, Fallen Heroes, and Forgotten Fighters from America’s Hidden History. HarperCollins, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-06-111820-3. Mr. Davis attempted to cover the first 50 years of the 19th century by following the … Continue reading

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George Washington’s Whiskey For Sale?

George Washington was a brewer, well, a distiller. Not just that, he was the largest distiller of his time producing more than 10k gallons of whiskey in 1799 alone. As early as 1789 Washington wanted Americans drinking only home grown … Continue reading

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