Multiple Native American Burial Mounds
American History

Native American Funerary Objects—Why Is Repatriation So Slow?

February 25, 2019

In 1990, Congress passed the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act. It expanded tribal rights to reclaim the skeletal remains and funerary objects of their own ancestors from collectors such as museums. However, many cases have been settled in just the last five years. Why? […]

American History

History of Latin America: The Rise of Latin American Nations

December 1, 2017

Latin America does not usually loom in world history as the source of one of the great traditions. It’s a borrower of forces and influences from other places that then merge with more local elements and traditions, but Latin America has had a varied and significant role in world history. […]

"Battle of Assunpink."
American History

Famous Battles of The American Revolution: The Second Victory at Trenton

December 1, 2017

Washington’s surprise at Trenton threw the British occupation of New Jersey into a panic. Carl von Donop—who was in command of the outposts at Trenton, Burlington, and Bordentown—now imagined himself outmaneuvered and cut off by unseen Americans, and he ordered a pullback to Princeton, where he furiously began throwing up entrenchments. […]

American History

Thomas Jefferson and the History of US Foreign Policy

December 1, 2017

Thomas Jefferson’s election to the presidency in 1800 would lead to a dramatic shift in U.S. foreign policy, and his ideas regarding landed expansion and its relationship to liberty would dominate domestic policy for more than a century. […]

Indians playing music at sunset
American History

Native American History: Changing the Narrative

December 1, 2017

For a very long time, non-Indians wrote as though Native American history began in 1492—set in motion, of course, by the so-called discovery of the New World. Let’s examine both the consequences of that narrative and the creation of new narratives that challenge it. […]

Colonial Jamestown
American History

American History: The Very First American Colonies

December 1, 2017

The first colonies planted by the British along North America’s Atlantic seaboard were organized, staffed, and supported as private commercial ventures, not by an imperial plan. For decades after the first colonies were established, the king and the Church of England were largely content to neglect them. […]

American History

The Boston Tea Party and the Beginning of the American Revolution

December 1, 2017

Well before the infamous Boston Tea Party, unrest in Boston grew so common that in September of 1768, two British infantry regiments were landed to keep order. For the next 18 months, those bewildered redcoats did nothing but unintentionally antagonize Bostonians. […]

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