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“Elizabeth went from hence with the said Leonard Brown”

Elizabeth Otis was born in Boston on 28 Mar 1757, the oldest child of James Otis, Jr., and his wife, the former Ruth Cunningham. Betsy was a small child when her father broke with Massachusetts’s “court party” and the royal patronage system in favor of championing Boston’s Whig merchants through electoral politics. Show More Summary

History Simplified with Music

Another post at History Simplified through Song and Comic This content is copyrighted. Copyright (c) 2010 - Original post at Part of the Network.

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Byzantine Podcasts: Lars Brownworth's Lost to the West history teachers... follow me there.... This content is copyrighted. Copyright (c) 2010 - Original post at Part of the Network.

The Civil War - A Concise History - Book Review

With the 150th anniversary of the Civil War fast approaching, it is probably time you brushed up on your Civil War history. If you're in need of a refresher on the topic or have never ventured into the Civil War era, The Civil War: A Concise History is a great place to start.Author Louis P. Show More Summary

A New Blog... with a broader view...

So I've had this blog ( for some time. I love US History and I love finding resources to help teach US History. The site has been good to me. I've made some online acquaintances, it's given me an outlet for some of my thoughts, and I get lots of free stuff from it. Show More Summary

For Love of LIberty - The Story of America's Black Patriots

Introduced by Colin Powell, hosted on-camera by Halle Berry and narrated by Avery Brooks, For Love of Liberty uses letters, diaries, speeches, journalistic accounts, historical text and military records to document and acknowledge the sacrifices and accomplishments of African-American service men and women. Show More Summary

10 Greenest Presidents

It was only a matter of time before a list like this surfaced. Many administrations did excellent work in promoting environmental and sustainable causes. These are the 10 best. Teddy Roosevelt - Comes as no surprise... He's the original Environmentalist Jimmy Carter - he was always more of a humanitarian than an executive anyway... Show More Summary

History Carnival #90 -

Hello, and welcome to the 90th History Carnival!From the horse's mouth... " The History Carnival is a monthly showcase of blog writing about history, usually held on the 1st day of the month. It's hosted at a different blog each month...Show More Summary

How to afford your teaching certification

I get a lot requests about education advancement for teachers and the best route to become a teacher... You'd be surprised how many people out there are in other careers - and through history want to become teachers.... I was there once...Show More Summary

History Carnival #90 - US History for the Classroom

For the month of August, I've been given the privilege to host a History Carnival... For those that are unfamiliar with The History Carnival - here's an overview. History Carnival is a monthly showcase of blog writing about history, usually held on the 1st day of the month. Show More Summary

National History Day

National History Day projects are being judged in the final rounds this week... For any teacher who's ever taken on this endeavor, you understand the work and excitement that goes along with the NHD. Below is text received from National...Show More Summary

Did Gouverneur Morris Slap Washington on the Shoulder?

A footnote in Recollections and Private Memoirs of Washington, written largely by George Washington Parke Custis and edited by Benson J. Lossing, passes on this story: It is related of the Honorable Gouverneur Morris, who was remarkable...Show More Summary

Excerpting memory.

If you’re interested, Slate just posted an excerpt from a chapter — on Appomattox and memory — from Battle Lines, the graphic history of the Civil War I’ve written with Jonathan Fetter-Vorm.

Ebenezer Richardson as a Cause of the American Revolution

This afternoon and for the next two days I’ll be attending the “So Sudden an Alteration” conference at the Massachusetts Historical Society. (Follow along on Twitter via #RevReborn2.)This conference is a sequel to the “American Revolution Reborn” conference in Philadelphia in 2013. Show More Summary

“We are all Americans.”

Perhaps my favorite story of the Civil War comes from Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox, which took place 150 years ago today. Here’s an excerpt, below the fold, from a piece I wrote last year about that episode. A patient historian could have traced the long arc of the Civil War by waiting out […]

Bonnie Hurd Smith on Judith Murray in Boston, 14 Apr.

On Tuesday, 14 April, the Congregational Library in Boston will host a talked by Bonnie Hurd Smith titled “From the Writing Desk of Judith Sargent Murray.” Murray was an essayist, poet, and playwright in the early American republic.Show More Summary

The 48th/150th: "Every Heart Was Filled to Overflowing:" The Road To Appomattox & The Surrender of Lee's Army

U.S. Soldiers Stand Atop The Earthworks at the Captured Fort MahoneApril 1865[National Archives] 150 Years Ago...and at long last, Petersburg, which according to Oliver Bosbyshell had been "so long invested, so hotly contested, and so...Show More Summary

Why Confederate Defeat Does Not Need to Be a National Holiday

On the eve of the 150th anniversary of Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, an essay in The New Republic by Brian Beutler is getting…

“Meanings of Liberty” Events at Old South in April

This month the Bostonian Society and Old South Meeting House are presenting a series of Friday lunchtime events at the latter venue on the theme “Meanings of Liberty.” These presentations commemorate the 250th anniversary of the month when Americans learned that the new Stamp Act would come into effect in November. Show More Summary

New to the Civil War Memory Library, 04/06

Note: You can now pre-order, Gary W. Gallagher and Caroline E. Janney eds., Cold Harbor to the Crater: The End of the Overland Campaign [(University…

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