American History

Supremacy Clause of the Constitution

Supremacy Clause of the Constitution

Supremacy Clause of the Constitution. Marshall did not stop there. He unilaterally defined the “supremacy clause,” and the “necessary and proper clause” of the Constitution. First, as to the“supremacy clause,” “If any one proposition could command the universal assent of mankind, we might expect it would be this—that the government…

Virginia Declaration of Rights

Virginia Declaration of Rights

The Virginia Declaration of Rights is a document drafted in 1776 to proclaim the inherent rights of men, including the right to reform or abolish "inadequate" government. Virginia Declaration of Rights Mason returned to Virginia after voting against the final draft of the Constitution and quickly issued an explanation, later published in news-papers and in a…

Roger Sherman Facts

Roger Sherman Facts

Roger Sherman was appointed New Haven County surveyor in 1745, a position that led to considerable wealth and substantial landholdings. Sherman served in a variety of political and civic positions in New Milford, including juryman, town clerk, clerk of the church, deacon, school committee-man, and as town agent to the…

Who Proposed the Great Compromise

Who Proposed the Great Compromise

Who Proposed the Great Compromise? Their so-called Great Compromise (or Connecticut Compromise in honor of its architects, Connecticut delegates Roger Sherman and Oliver Ellsworth) provided a dual system of congressional representation. Who Proposed the Great Compromise With the compromise, Sherman ensured that the Constitution would be the best document the…

Why is the Bill of Rights Important

Why is the Bill of Rights Important?

Why is the Bill of Rights important? Because even though many Founding Fathers thought they would be assumed and not need constitutional protection, they could be infringed upon if not guaranteed. Among those who thought that constitutional protection was not necessary was Roger Sherman, an early American lawyer and statesmen,…

John Taylor Writer Virginia

John Taylor of Caroline and His Views

John Taylor was a US Senator and Jeffersonian Republican who lived and served in the generation of the Founding Fathers. Taylor believed “the excrescence of banking” constituted the major crutch for finance capital and the paper aristocracy. Inflation and interest saddled the laborer with unnecessary debt. These taxes were paid…

Battle of Lexington and Concord Facts

Effects of the Battle of Lexington and Concord

As the gun smoke cleared around Lexington and Concord on 19 April 1775, colonial leaders realized the conflict between the colonies and the British Empire had reached a tipping point. The Continental Congress assembled and asked Thomas Jefferson to draft a petition to the king in the hopes of reconciliation.…

American Literature Definition

Did American Colonists Want Radically New Rights?

It is a myth that the colonists sought to create a radically new conception of political and civil rights. The popular historian Joseph Ellis has fueled this misinterpretation in his American Creation by concluding that the Declaration of Independence was a “radical document that locates sovereignty in the individual and…

Alexander Hamilton Gay

Was Alexander Hamilton Gay?

Myth: Alexander Hamilton Was Gay One often gets the impression that myths like this are perpetrated to justify modern moral values. Hamilton certainly had a colorful career and death, but this accusation is based on amateur psychoanalysis and extremely circumstantial evidence.  If Hamilton was gay, he certainly did a fine…

Lies My Teacher Told Me Summary

Fact Check: Benjamin Franklin Had Dozens of Illegitimate Children

Myth: Benjamin Franklin had thirteen to eighty illegitimate children! This myth has been around for a long while, and is even, apparently, perpetuated by tour guides in Philadelphia. In my experience as a professor lecturing students, the image of the balding, portly Franklin as the consummate ladies man incites giggles…

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