“The World Turned Upside Down”

By |2021-04-18T16:47:06-05:00October 16th, 2020|Categories: American Revolution, Audio/Video, Music|

The World Turned Upside Down" is an English ballad. It was first published on a broadside in the middle of the 1640s as a protest against the policies of Parliament relating to the celebration of Christmas. Parliament believed the holiday should be a solemn occasion, and outlawed traditional English Christmas celebrations. There are several versions [...]

British Surrender at Saratoga: Turning Point of the American Revolutionary War

By |2020-10-17T07:37:07-05:00October 16th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, American Revolution, History, War|

On October 17, 1777, with his troops surrounded and vastly outmanned, British General John Burgoyne surrendered. The final battle of Saratoga was a major defeat for the British and word of British surrender further rallied troops in the Continental Army and the Militias. Although the end of the war and full British surrender was years [...]

The Birth of the United States Navy

By |2020-10-12T17:22:01-05:00October 12th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, American Revolution, History, Politics, War|

The United States Navy celebrates October 13, 1775 as its birthday because that is the date on which the Continental Congress officially authorized the funding of two ships to interdict British forces. Over the course of the Revolutionary War, more than 50 Continental vessels harassed the British, seized munitions, supplied the Continental Army, and engaged [...]

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 ocean, [...]

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. Their [...]

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 eliminate [...]

“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 decided [...]

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 government. [...]

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