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Why Does a College Dropout Focus So Much on College Life?

I’ve always enjoyed visiting the blog from which this screenshot was taken. On occasion a post thoughtfully addresses some aspect of Southern/Civil War history or…

“Several ask me if it was true that he had Challang’d you to fight”

Yesterday I described how the battle at Fort Necessity on 3 July 1754 didn’t reflect well on Lt. Col. George Washington, but really didn’t reflect well on Maj. George Muse. Other officers accused Muse of cowardice, and he resigned in a huff.Another officer on that expedition was William La Péronie, an immigrant to Virginia from France. Show More Summary

East Chapel Hill High School’s Confederate Flag Problem

Two focus on the students exclusively misses the salient problems with an activity that was organized by the teachers.

Grand Review 2015 scheduled for May 17

Almost on the 150th anniversary of the Grand Review of the Armies in Washington D.C., a glorious and patriotic parade of the main military units of the victorious Union armies down Pennsylvania Avenue, a reenactment of that event is scheduled for May 17 beginning at noon. The original parade took place May 23 and 24.Read full article >>

“Fondly do we hope….”

This is a guest post by my friend Daniel Mallock which provides food for thought about the role of the historian…. Late in the evening several days ago I was watching an episode of “Chopped”. It made a strong impression on me. “Chopped” is an hour-long cooking competition television show that pits four chefs against each other. Show More Summary

The Washingtons and George Muse

George Muse (1720-1790) was born in England and moved to Virginia sometime in his youth. He took part in the 1741 British expedition against Cartagena de Indias in Colombia, led by Adm. Edward Vernon. Another participant in that campaign...Show More Summary

Father of Confederate Flag Waving Daughter Responds

Over the weekend I was contacted by Ronald Creatore, whose child was photographed waving a Confederate flag on the Gettysburg battlefield as part of a…

The Gentleman’s Guide to Covent Garden?

On the New Yorker website, Nicola Twilley recently wrote about Harris’s List of Covent Garden Ladies, a guide to the prostitutes of London published annually between 1757 and 1795. The Wellcome Library in London recently digitized the 1787 and 1788 volumes. Show More Summary

Portraits of the Young Pepperrells

This John Singleton Copley painting, now in the collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art, shows the younger Sir William Pepperrell (1746-1816), his four children, and his late wife, the former Elizabeth Royall.Yes, Elizabeth Pepperrell was dead when Copley created this picture in 1778. Show More Summary

The Future of Confederate Heritage

There has been a great deal of commentary concerning two recent stories of high school students posing with Confederate flags. If ever there was a…

Stewart on “Radical Philosophy” in the Founding, 12 May

On Tuesday, 12 May, the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester will host a lecture on “Radical Philosophy at the Origin of the American Republic” by Matthew Stewart. Stewart brings a background in philosophy and business to the study of America’s founding. Show More Summary

When It Comes to Confederate Flags, The History is the Context

It should come as no surprise that the two stories involving high school students waving and posing next to Confederate flags have become national news.…

“My beloved wife Margaret Gage“

One of Boston 1775’s long-running questions is how much evidence there is for the belief that Margaret Gage, American-born wife of Gen. Thomas Gage, betrayed her husband by leaking his plans about the march on 18-19 Apr 1775 to Dr. Joseph Warren. Show More Summary

Portraits of the Young Pepperells

This John Singleton Copley painting, now in the collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art, shows the younger Sir William Pepperrell (1746-1816), his four children, and his late wife, the former Elizabeth Royall.Yes, Elizabeth Pepperrell was dead when Copley created this picture in 1778. Show More Summary

In letters snatched from trash, a Brooklyn soldier writes of facing death at the Crater

A new display at the Brooklyn Historical Society, includes a particularly moving letter from Capt. Samuel Sims of Brooklyn that was almost lost to history. He was writing from the Petersburg lines in July, 1864, as he awaited the detonation of explosives below Confederate offenses that would become known as the Battle of the Crater. Show More Summary

Reenactment at Spell Hall, Coventry, 16-17 May

The Gen. Nathanael Greene Homestead will host a Revolutionary War reenactment on 16-17 May. The fourteen-acre site in Coventry, Rhode Island, will host Continental and British military camps, musket and cannon demonstrations, and tours of Greene’s completely restored 1770 home, Spell Hall. Show More Summary

Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Neo-Confederates

You can’t make up these stories. The other day I told you about two students who posed waving Confederate flags on the Gettysburg battlefield, along…

Eighteenth-Century Developments in the Media

The past week has brought a little flurry of news stories related to eighteenth-century America.National Public Radio interviewed Ed Lengel, chief editor of the big Washington Papers Project at the University of Virginia, about the recent decision to give the same scholarly treatment to Martha Washington’s surviving letters. Show More Summary

“Already Bought My First Slave” at Gettysburg

I was a bit surprised when a couple of students on my recent Civil War trip attempted to purchase Confederate flags at one of the…

Watch out, Peter. David Brooks wants to rob you to pay Paul.

Ronald Reagan in “A Time for Choosing,” the Gipper’s speech for Barry Goldwater in 1964: Welfare spending [is] 10 times greater than in the dark depths of the Depression. We’re spending 45 billion dollars on welfare. Now do a little arithmetic, and you’ll find that if we divided the 45 billion dollars up equally among […]

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