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Ryerson on Adams’s Political Thinking, 16 Nov.

On Wednesday, 16 November, the Massachusetts Historical Society will welcome back Richard Alan Ryerson, once editor of the Adams Papers. He will speak about his new book, John Adams’s Republic: The One, the Few, and the Many, published...Show More Summary

My 2016 Best Picks For Civil War Monitor

Once again I had the chance to highlight a couple of my favorite Civil War titles of 2016 for The Civil War Monitor magazine. In addition to my picks, you…

A Hogarth Begging for Another Look

Last month the Print Shop Window reported on a new expert ruling about a painting attributed to William Hogarth in the collection of the National Gallery of Art. (Ours, not Britain’s.) The website’s story, cleverly titled “The Fake’s...Show More Summary

Smithsonian’s Grievous Editorial Failure

Over the years I have accumulated a large file of print mail and emails from individuals who have taken issue with what I have written on this site and in…

Did Donald Trump Just “Blow Up” History?

The reference to ‘blowing things up’ has been used by political pundits to describe the frustration of the American electorate and what it hoped to accomplish in electing Donald Trump…

A “(Mostly) True” Picture Book Landing Now

On Publishers Weekly’s new list of the best picture books of the year is A Voyage in the Clouds: The (Mostly) True Story of the First International Flight by Balloon in 1785, written by Matthew Olshan and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Show More Summary

Confederate Heritage in the Age of Trump

There is a good deal about the outcome of this week’s election that I do not understand. There are also elements of it that I understand all too well. Even…

The Brief Army Career of John Anthony Aborn

Quoting from Donald A. D’Amato’s Warwick: A City at the Crossroads, this website about the history of Warwick, Rhode Island, describes the experiences of the Aborn family:The fort at Pawtuxet was manned by the Pawtuxet Rangers who are officially ranked in the state militia as the Second Independent Company of the County of Kent. Show More Summary

We Still Need to Fix the Electoral College

Hillary Clinton won our vote.“Our” meaning the choice of us the people of the United States of America. Everyone agrees that she won the plurality of the votes we cast leading up to Tuesday, 8 November.But because of the Electoral College,...Show More Summary

Teaching a Trump Presidential Victory

I would give my right arm to be in a history classroom today. Of course, that raises the question of what we as history educators should do to help our…

Dr. Cooper Shares a Creation Myth from Africa

On 14 May 1771, John Adams went into Boston from Braintree and spent the evening at Capt. John Bradford’s.Among the other gentlemen meeting there as a club were James Otis, Jr. (apparently, but not really, recovered from his head wound and subsequent mental problems); town clerk William Cooper; his brother, the Rev. Show More Summary

Gettysburg Address anniversary to include parade and balls

A parade, several balls and other events are planned for the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and the Dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pa., on Nov. 19.

Steven Hahn’s “War of the Rebellion”

In his new book, A Nation Without Borders: The United States and Its World in an Age of Civil Wars, 1830-1910, historian Steven Hahn dispenses with the popular reference to…

“The Rich never head a movement against tyranny”

From The New England History (1857), by the horticulturalist, industrialist, and author Charles Wyllys Elliott (1817-1883): It is well enough here, to recall to mind that the Rich never head a movement against tyranny, or risk any thing...Show More Summary

“As they were not reasoned up, they cannot be reasoned down”

In 1721, the Rev. Jonathan Swift published A Letter to a Young Clergyman, Lately Enter’d Into Holy Orders, by a Person of Quality. It included this sentence about men wasting their college education by thinking in new ways and thus making...Show More Summary

Events at the N.E.H.G.S. in November

The New England Historic Genealogical Society is hosting two free events this month with Revolutionary roots.Saturday, 12 November, 2:00-3:30 P.M.General Lafayette’s Farewell TourAlan Hoffman and Dorothea JensenBetween August 1824 and...Show More Summary

New to the Civil War Memory Library, 11/05

Update: A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had auditioned to host a show for A&E/History. Well, today I learned that I have advanced to the next round of…

Knox “kept the Sacred image erect”

Given the concatenation of the Fifth of November and yesterday’s discussion of Henry Knox’s childhood, I’ll repeat an anecdote that pertains to both. On 21 July 1848 a Cambridge man named George Ingersoll sent Charles Daveis, who was trying to write a biography of Knox, a letter setting down a story about the man. Show More Summary

The “juvenile sports” of Two Boston Boys in the Late 1750s

In 22 Dec 1788, the Rev. David McClure wrote from Windsor, Connecticut, to one of his childhood friends from Boston:Dear Sir,—On the footing of that juvenile friendship and acquaintance with you with which I have been honored, and which...Show More Summary

Massachusetts National Parks Film Screening, 9 Nov.

On Wednesday, 9 November, the National Parks Conservations Association and the Pew Charitable Trusts will host a reception and screening of the film Massachusetts National Parks: Treasures Worth Protecting at the Old State House in Boston.The...Show More Summary

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