July 4, 1776: Congress Adopts the Declaration of Independence

By |2020-07-03T15:41:32-05:00July 3rd, 2020|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, History, Independence Day, Thomas Jefferson|

The adoption of the Declaration of Independence of “the thirteen united States of America” on July 4, 1776 formally ended a process that had been set in motion almost as soon as colonies were established in what became British North America. The early settlers, once separated physically from the British Isles by an immense [...]

Bridging the North-South Divide: Jonathan Edwards and James Thornwell

By |2020-05-01T05:32:46-05:00May 2nd, 2020|Categories: American Republic, American Revolution, Christianity, Civil War, History, Religion, South, Theology|

The narrative of a North-South divide in American History is a powerful, yet problematic one. However, closer metaphysical inspection of both regions uncovers a series of considerable similarities and ironic connections between the Puritans of New England fully embodied in Jonathan Edwards, and the Presbyterians of the Old South fully embodied in James Thornwell. [...]

Battles of Lexington & Concord: The American Revolution Begins

By |2020-04-19T08:30:36-05:00April 18th, 2020|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, American Revolution, History, War|

During the first six decades of the eighteenth century, the American colonies were mostly allowed to govern themselves. In exchange, they loyally fought for Great Britain in imperial wars against the French and Spanish. But in 1763, after the British and Americans won the French and Indian War, King George III began working to [...]

“Paul Revere’s Ride”

By |2020-04-19T08:33:11-05:00April 18th, 2020|Categories: American Revolution, Poetry|

Listen, my children, and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five: Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year. He said to his friend, — "If the British march By land or sea from the town to-night, Hang a lantern [...]

The Baleful Comet of Boston: Samuel Adams & the Puritan Republic

By |2020-09-26T16:02:54-05:00June 13th, 2012|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, American Revolution, M. E. Bradford, Samuel Adams|Tags: |

Samuel Adams believed that men are ruled more by fear or other emotions than by reason. And Sam Adams knew how to generate anger and fear. Thus he kept up the flow of propaganda that followed from the town's versions of what had happened in the Boston Massacre. Samuel Adams (September 27, 1722-October 2, 1803), [...]

Virginia’s American Revolution: From Dominion to Republic

By |2020-05-11T11:52:05-05:00April 29th, 2012|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, American Revolution, Books, Kevin Gutzman, Republicanism, Thomas Jefferson|

The American Revolution proceeded simultaneously on two levels: the state and the federal. While federal reform was essential, and while Virginians took the lead in achieving it, the state-level activity of those years struck contemporaries as more important. Virginia’s revolutionary May Convention adopted its three resolutions of May 15, 1776. In doing so, it [...]

The American Revolution & the Quandary of Colonial Catholics

By |2020-04-19T08:45:55-05:00February 8th, 2011|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, American Revolution, Catholicism, Catholics in Early America Series, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

As the crisis between the mother country and colonies worsened, the colonists began to see a conspiracy against liberty being carried out by a secret cabal of evil ministers in the British government. In the perceived encroachments of the English government, the American revolutionaries again detected the awful twin specters of “popery” and arbitrary [...]

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