Statue of James Madison
American History

James Madison: Early Life and Initiation into Political Career

June 25, 2021

James Madison was actively involved in the political world of America. He proposed a meeting of the commissioners to consider the necessity of having a uniform system in the commercial regulations. Later he was elected in a county election and gradually was appointed as a member of Virginia’s delegation to the Continental Congress. […]

Portrait of George Washington
American History

George Washington and Free Commerce

June 25, 2021

George Washington was deeply involved in plans for the Potowmack Navigation Company, which aimed to develop the Potomac River the chief commercial highway of America. He was eventually able to break the deadlock between two states on the boundary of the river and make headway. […]

A man and a woman holding hands with a wreath in the foreground.
American History

The Private Life of James Madison

June 12, 2021

James Madison had a prolific political career. Some critics feel, that, the fact that he was unencumbered by a large family helped in maintaining his focus and contributed toward his productivity. […]

A picture of the opening lines of the constitution of America.
American History

James Madison’s Proposal for a New Government Framework

June 10, 2021

James Madison took time out to study other confederacies and compared them with the current system. He read Hume’s observation that a state having large communities act as a system of checks and balances against one faction becoming dominant. Keeping that in mind he proposed a new framework of governance. […]

Cowboys on horses.
American History

The Native Lands of the Great Plains and the ‘West’ Myth

June 10, 2021

The Great Plains was a region that had seen profound environmental, demographic, and cultural transformations long before Capt. Meriwether Lewis and Lieut. William Clark showed up. And yet, the westward sojourn of Lewis and Clark holds a special place among the many origin myths about the making of America. […]

hand-painted earthenware with the words 'Stamp Act Repealed'.
American History

Patrick Henry, the Demosthenes of America

June 7, 2021

The Awakeners imparted to Patrick Henry a suspicion of authority, including the authority of the Church of England in Virginia. Thus, despite being deeply religious, he, as defense lawyer, fought for the Two-Penny Act against the clergy in Virginia. […]

Metal statue of priest on background of church.
American History

The Great Awakening

June 7, 2021

The Church of England appointed parsons to its colonies of North America. It also expected complete conformity to its ‘Thirty-nine Articles of Religion’ which applied to non-Christians as well. This was challenged by the Presbyterian movement, the Great Awakening. […]

Native American Indian symbol, buffalo skull with arrows and feathers.
American History

Great Plains: Impact of Disease in the 18th Century

May 28, 2021

Native America saw a major transformation in the 18th century with the emergence of the colonists and the introduction of guns and horses. This opened up vast trade networks and increased their mobility. This became especially challenging to the Natives of Great Plains, as it also brought about waves of disease. […]

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