Revolution and Colonies

Articles on the Founding Fathers, and the culture and history of the Revolutionary and pre-Revolutionary eras

Articles on the Founding Fathers, and the culture and history of the Revolutionary and pre-Revolutionary eras


Colonial America: From Columbus To The American Revolution

The thirteen original colonies of colonial America were established during the 17th and early 18th centuries in what is now the eastern United States. The colonies grew both geographically and numerically from the time of their founding to the American Revolution (1775–81). Click here to see more posts in this category.…

Thomas Jefferson, Religious Freedom, And The First Amendment

Thomas Jefferson gets credit (well deserved) for many things. Of course his brilliance as a President and a statesman spring to the front of one's mind. Additionally, he was a gifted librarian, as his personal library would serve as the foundation of what is now the Library of Congress. He…

America’s First Foreign War: Why Was The First Barbary War Started?

There were three salient courses of nation-building that Thomas Jefferson saw to completion during his Presidency. Two of them are rather infamous: they comprise, of course, the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark expedition to the West.  The third is the oft-forgotten and criminally understudied Barbary Wars. The Barbary…

National Labor Relations Act Summary

National Labor Relations Act Summary

Franklin D Roosevelt gave a tremendous boost to organized labor with the National Labor Relations Act, better known as the Wagner Act of 1935. The standard textbook takes for granted that what is good for unions is good for workers (even though the whole purpose of a modern union is…

Abolition of Slavery in America

Abolition of Slavery in America

Passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, and ratified on December 6, 1865, the 13th amendment resulted in the abolition of slavery in America. Abolition of Slavery in America William Lloyd Garrison, the most prominent abolitionist in America, actually passed a resolution through his American Anti-Slavery Society insisting that it was…

Confederate States of America

Confederate States of America and the Legal Right To Secede

The Confederate States of America — commonly referred to as the Confederacy — was an unrecognized republic in North America that existed from 1861 to 1865. Many historians have said their secession from the United States was an illegal act of war, but others say the right was clearly stated…

Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions Political Statements

The Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions

The Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions were political statements drafted in 1798 and 1799, in which the Kentucky and Virginia legislatures took the position that the federal Alien and Sedition Acts were unconstitutional. The Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions of 1798 Was there a constitutional remedy—a solution short of secession or violent revolution—to oppose such laws as the Alien and…

Massachusetts Bay Colony Government

Massachusetts Bay Colony Government

The Massachusetts Bay Colony Government (more formally The Colony of Massachusetts Bay, 1628–1692) was an English settlement on the east coast of America in the 17th century around the Massachusetts Bay, the northernmost of the several colonies later reorganized as the Province of Massachusetts Bay. This government laid many of the cornerstones of what would…

American Colonial Period Facts, History

American Colonial Period Facts

Here are some American Colonial Period facts; some of which are well known, others being counterintuitive. First, the colonists were not paragons of “diversity.” The vast bulk of them came from one part of Europe, spoke a common language, and worshiped the same God. Historian of American Colonial period David…

Self-Government in the Colonies Facts

Self-Government in the Colonies: Facts

Self-government in the colonies in limited forms started in the early 1600s. Self-Government in the Colonies They wished to live among like-minded folk in order to better live a shared ideal. In the Dedham Covenant drawn up in Massachusetts during the 1630s, it was resolved “that we shall by all…

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