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Henry Knox in Balance

I’ve been exploring the documentary record of Henry Knox’s activities just before the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. I don’t think it supports the picture that his biographers have painted: that he was, and was widely known as, a stout Whig.In fact, I suspect that Knox’s June 1774 marriage to Lucy Flucker, daughter of Massachusetts royal secretary Thomas Flucker, made some people think that the young man would soon lean toward the Crown.
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Handsome Pictures in a Disappointing Picture Book

History / US History : Boston 1775 (3 years ago)

Henry Knox: Bookseller, Soldier, Patriot, by Anita Silvey and Wendell Minor, is a picture-book biography published last year. The back cover shows Henry Knox as he might have looked at age nine, starting his apprenticeship as a book... Read Post

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History / US History : Boston 1775 (2 years ago)

People writing about Henry Knox after the Revolutionary War said that he was always an ardent Whig. However, in sources from the early 1770s, his political views aren’t so pointed. There’s no evidence he was involved in any of the W... Read Post

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History / US History : Boston 1775 (6 years ago)

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