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Did White Northerners Abandon Reconstruction?

One of the most common tropes embraced in reference to the post- Civil War period is the idea of a ‘white Northern retreat from Reconstruction.’ …

“The day the stamp-Act was to take Place”

The Stamp Act was scheduled to take effect on the first day of November in 1765. After that date, all courts in British North America were supposed to reject filings that weren’t on stamped paper. All ships leaving American ports onShow More Summary

Meanwhile, in London…

As their anti-Stamp Act campaign got started in the late summer of 1765, American Whigs were heartened by the news from London that Prime Minister George Grenville’s ministry had fallen. This change had nothing to do with the unhappiness in America. Show More Summary

Stamp Masters in the Deep South

In South Carolina, two men received appointments under the Stamp Act: George Saxby as inspector of the stamps and Caleb Lloyd as distributor.This appears to have been a way to spread the patronage around. But official news of those appointments...Show More Summary

Civil War Memory’s Fall Peak

Here is a pic of one of my favorite Civil War soldier monuments at Forrest Hills Cemetery here in Boston. It’s about two miles from…

Two Virginia Gentlemen and the Stamp Act

As I noted back in May, the Virginia House of Burgesses was the first American institution to protest the Stamp Act—albeit not as forcefully as first thought, or later reported.Virginians were also ahead of their southern neighbors in...Show More Summary

Ole Miss Made It Clear, Southern Miss Should Do the Same

The decision yesterday to remove the state flag from the campus of the University of Mississippi followed votes by the Student and Faculty Senates. In…

When “Clamours run very high” in Philadelphia

As of 8 Sept 1765, the stamp agent for Pennsylvania, John Hughes, had heard demands for his resignation, but he brushed them off. Then on 12 September, he reported to the man who had secured that appointment for him:Our Clamours run very high, and I am told my House shall be pull’d down and the Stamps burnt. Show More Summary

More Trouble for the American Stamp Agents

So far Boston 1775 has recounted the resignations of the stamp tax collectors in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut, and Maryland. What was going on in Britain’s other North American colonies in 1765? In Nova Scotia, Archibald Hinshelwood (d. Show More Summary

Ole Miss Students Pound Last Nail Into Confederate Flag’s Coffin

On July 20, 2015 the Confederate battle flag was lowered from the statehouse grounds in Columbia, South Carolina following an order issued by Governor Nikki…

Which has greater value – Literary Product or Revealed Intellectual Process?

Not long ago, I ran across an article (2011) from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, in which the author (Kirk Richardson) seems to have minimized the significance of an early Virginia author. Alone [the first published book (1854) by Marion Harland, aka Mary Virginia Terhune] is a lot like other sentimental novels of the mid nineteenth-century; it’s […]

The Most Significant Confederate Flag Removal Since Charleston

This morning the University of Mississippi’s campus police took down the state flag. It will be moved, along with petitions for its removal by students…

Timothy Ruggles Makes His Case

I’m going to jump ahead of the sestercentennial anniversaries to finish the story of Timothy Ruggles’s refusal to sign the results of the Stamp Act Congress he had presided over.In 1766, the Massachusetts House demanded to know what Ruggles had been thinking. Show More Summary

Restoration of site of Civil War’s largest cavalry battlefield is finished

The newly restored Fleetwood Hill, located on the Brandy Station Battlefield in Culpeper, Va., will open to the public at 10 a.m. Monday following a ribbon-cutting ceremony, according to an advance announcement by the Civil War Trust. It was here on June 9, 1863, that the major part of the war’s largest cavalry battle took […]

Timothy Ruggles’s Challenge

One of the Stamp Act Congress’s first actions was to elect Timothy Ruggles as the presiding officer. People expected him to be more moderate than his fellow Massachusetts delegate, James Otis, Jr.People also expected Ruggles to sign the public documents issued by that congress, along with clerk John Cotton. Show More Summary

The Ghosts of Civil War Memory

I am just about finished reading Tiya Miles’s new book, Tales from the Haunted South: Dark Tourism and Memories of Slavery from the Civil War…

The End of the Stamp Act Congress

By 24 Oct 1765, the Stamp Act Congress had revised and approved its three petitions to different parts of the British government, as described a couple of days back. But delegate Robert Ogden (1716-1787) of New Jersey argued that the congress shouldn’t send those documents to London. Show More Summary

Northern High Schools Confront Their Confederate Past

Like many of you I have been following the growing number of public schools that have had to respond to students bringing Confederate flags onto…

“Full restitution to the French proprietors”

In John Burke’s Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry, I came across this story about Dr. Joseph Fox (1729-1785) of Falmouth, England.As a Quaker, Fox felt an “attachment to the principles of peace, and of a resolution...Show More Summary

The Dublin Seminar Goes to Sea in 2016

Here’s the call for papers at the 41st Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, which will take place 24-26 June 2016 at Historic Deerfield. The topic is “New England at Sea: Maritime Memory and Material Culture.”The Seminar is now accepting...Show More Summary

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