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

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. […]

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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. […]

American History

Lincoln’s Emancipation Plan—Three Main Features

December 1, 2017

Abraham Lincoln’s emancipation plan had what he called “three main features.” It had to be gradual, it had to pay compensation, and it had to have the vote of the people. In other words, any idea of emancipation should be on a timetable rather than an immediate shock to the system. […]

The Torch Podcast

Historians Weigh In On The Confederate Statue Debate: The Torch Podcast

October 17, 2017

Recent events in Charlotesville, VA have reopened a national debate about how we should deal with public statues commemorating Confederate figures. These are tough questions with no easy answers, and Historians are often as divided as the general population on this topic. In this Torch episode, history professors Allen Guelzo from Gettysburg College, and Edward O’Donnell from College of the Holy Cross discuss the matter from both sides. […]

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America’s Founding Fathers

June 20, 2017

America’s Founding Fathers is a deep dive into the creation of the U.S. Constitution as it actually happened – not as many are led to believe it happened. […]

American History

Who Helped Fund America? — The History of Robert Morris

June 12, 2017

Money issues abounded in the new United States. Why was the abundance of land (and lack of hard coin) such a problem? What compelled states to print so much of their own unsecure paper money? how did Robert Morris attempt to restore the links between commerce, agriculture, and government finances? […]

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American History

America’s Founding Fathers: The Torch Podcast

June 10, 2017

The story of America’s founding—great men who debated, argued, persuaded, and negotiated their way to the U.S. Constitution—is as dramatic and instructive as any in the nation’s history. And there is no better way to tell the story of the Founding Fathers than by pairing an eminent U.S. historian with the very institution that is most synonymous with American history, the Smithsonian. […]

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