Category Archives: American Revolution

Happy 4th of July Weekend!

Please take a moment this weekend to think about (or talk with your children who are old enough to understand) what this country means and how it was established by the Founders as an Empire of Liberty; as they understood … Continue reading

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Were the Founding Fathers Christians?

If you do a simple Google search for “founding fathers not christian” you will find a slew of blogs, publications, and whatnot that offer their take on the issue of Christianity and the Founding. These opinion pieces, such as the … Continue reading

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The Boston Tea Party “Myths”

Historian Ray Raphael has a very interesting article in the recent issue of American History Magazine. He argues that the tea party is filled with “myths” that have carried on to our present day. I though it fit to post … Continue reading

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Ira Stoll’s “Samuel Adams: A Life”

Type in “Samuel Adams” and do a google.com search and you are just as likely to come up with links and images referring to the Beer Company Samuel Adams. As historian Ira Stoll notes, “History has not been kind to … Continue reading

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The Nine Key Concepts of the Declaration of Independence

I came across this and thought I would share:

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Notes on the State of Virginia By Thomas Jefferson

Spent a lot of time today reviewing my copy of Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the state of Virginia as I prepare for a Graduate Class discussion and in particular his thoughts on religion. As we know, Jefferson was one of … Continue reading

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Early Draft of Constitution found in Philadelphia

One of the thrills of delving into any historical archives is holding a piece of history in your hands. I remember when I visited the Wisconsin State Archives while researching my book on the The 11th Wisconsin in the Civil … Continue reading

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The British Occupation of Boston and the Origins of the American Revolution

To be sure, Americans have always been against large standing armies, yet we are the poster child for the Military Industrial Complex. For that matter, we have been ardent anti-tax; anti-big government; ect, ect. And what have we evolved into? … Continue reading

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Founders: The People Who Brought You a Nation

Founders: The People Who Brought You a Nation, by Ray Raphael came out earlier this year by The New Press and I am finally getting to read it and I must say I am thoroughly enjoying it. Raphael emerged in … Continue reading

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The Historian’s Perspective

The latest issue of the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s online magazine History Now centers on the studying and teaching of the American Revolution. Here’s a list of those articles: Teaching the Revolution, by Carol Berkin Inventing American Diplomacy, by R.B. Bernstein … Continue reading

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