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. […]

Bust of Aaron Burr as Vice President (Image: By US Senate/artandhistory/art/artifact/Sculpture_22_00003.htm, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46112299/Public domain)
American History

Aaron Burr—The Villain Who Killed Hamilton

December 1, 2017

No one could claim a more distinguished intellectual lineage in the Founders’ generation than Aaron Burr, the grandson of Jonathan Edwards. And no one in the Founders’ generation could claim to be a more wicked person. […]

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