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The Officers’ Spirited Memorial: A Prelude to the Newburgh Conspiracy

The officers of the Continental Army were sullen. It was December 1782, and they were stationed in and around Newburgh, New York, and neighboring... The post The Officers’ Spirited Memorial: A Prelude to the Newburgh Conspiracy appeared first on...

Uplifting Moments in American Revolution History

For every historian, there’s an event that makes them feel good every time they read about it. We asked our contributors: What event from... The post Uplifting Moments in American Revolution History appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

This Week on Dispatches: Richard Werther and Lambert Wickes, Continental Navy Captain

In this week’s Dispatches host Brady Crytzer and JAR contributor Richard J. Werther discuss the life of Captain Lambert Wickes, the differences between “piracy” and... The post This Week on Dispatches: Richard Werther and Lambert...

The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington

The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch (Flatiron Books, 2019). On June 28, 1776—only days before... The post The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington appeared first...

The Call of Nature

Sailors of the eighteenth century were just as human as the rest of us. That means they had to sleep, eat, drink, and relieve themselves.Given both the personal and mundane nature of the subject, it isn't surprising that so few people wrote about how...
From: British Tars, 1740-1790 on 10 Dec 2018

A Second Bonaparte: Searching for the Character of Alexander Hamilton

Thomas Jefferson, that American Sphinx,[1] is perhaps Alexander Hamilton’s only rival within the high pantheon of the founding generation for enigma. Hamilton’s character recalls... The post A Second Bonaparte: Searching for the Character...

From Platform to Publisher: Facebook, the Early American Open Press, and Alex Jones

Jordan E. Taylor explores the early American "open press" and what it can tell us about the tech giants' decision to remove Alex Jones.
From: The Junto on 7 Aug 2018

Claim’d as a Slave: The Short Career of William Stephens in the Royal Navy

Today's guest post is written by Dr. Charles R. Foy. Dr. Foy is Associate Professor Early American & Atlantic History at Eastern Illinois University. His scholarship focuses on 18th century black maritime culture. A former fellow at the...
From: British Tars, 1740-1790 on 1 May 2018

Star Chamber Stories: Using Criminal Law to Criminal Ends in Early Modern London

By Krista Kesselring; posted 5 April 2018. Murder, conspiracy, illicit sex – the Court of Star Chamber judges heard it all. One unusual, and unusually well-documented, case from 1611 highlights the dirt and scandal that attached itself to King...
From: Legal History Miscellany on 5 Apr 2018

The Jenny and Rose: Addendum

This is an addendum to my series of posts on the Jenny and the Rose, part of my ongoing series Race, Revolt, and Piracy examining racial violence at sea in the eighteenth century.It's been a couple of years since I first posted on the strangely similar...
From: British Tars, 1740-1790 on 2 Apr 2018

Sailors and the Enslaved: An Odd Bond

This post is the latest in my occasional series Race, Revolt, and Piracy, examining racial violence at sea.Detail form The Jovial Crew, Thomas Rowlandson, 1786, Royal Collection Trust.In the nineteenth century, writers often compared working as a...
From: British Tars, 1740-1790 on 26 Mar 2018

Flogging and the Cat

This post is part of my series Race, Revolt, and Piracy, examining racial violence at sea in the eighteenth century.Detail from Monsieur Sneaking Gallantly into Brest's Skulking Hole after receiving a preliminary Salutation of British...
From: British Tars, 1740-1790 on 24 Jan 2018


I’ve come late to the whole thing about the BBC series Gunpowder. First and foremost, it’s good to see any primetime TV at all about the seventeenth century; and second and, umm, foremost, it’s even better to see primetime TV about...
From: Gentlemen and Tarpaulins on 6 Nov 2017

Thomas Dun: A Medieval Pirate & Highwayman

Robin Hood was not the only famous law breaker in medieval times. Alongside Robin Hood were figures such as Adam Bell and the subject of this blog post, the medieval pirate Thomas Dun. When the word ‘pirate’ is mentioned, many people will...

The Jenny and Rose: Betrayal

This is part three of the Race, Revolt, and Piracy series on the slave ships Jenny and Rose. You can find part one here, and part two here.Though separated by twenty years, the Jenny and the Rose encountered remarkably similar events. Both sailed...
From: British Tars, 1740-1790 on 28 Dec 2016

The Jenny and Rose: Yardarm to Yardarm

This is part two in the Race, Revolt, and Piracy series on the slave ships Jenny and Rose. You can find part one here.Like the Jenny, the Rose was a Liverpool based slaver sailing into a worldwide conflict. Captained by William Stevenson,...
From: British Tars, 1740-1790 on 27 Dec 2016

The Jenny and Rose: A Sea of Conflict

"Blood streamed plentifully out of the privateer's scuppers."[1] Danger defined the 1760 voyage of the slave ship Jenny. Based in Liverpool, the full rigged ten gun Jenny was captained by Captain John Wilkinson. He and his crew of twenty or thirty five...
From: British Tars, 1740-1790 on 26 Dec 2016

AoR Anniversary: Celebrating Our First Revolution Around the Sun

By Bryan Banks and Cindy Ermus Today is Age of Revolutions’s first birthday. Since beginning this project a year ago, we’ve published 69 posts. This marks our 70th. We’ve posted original research, directed attention to...
From: Age of Revolutions on 21 Nov 2016

Conspiracy and Paranoia in the Age of Trump

By Bryan Banks I’ve been thinking a lot about conspiracies in history of late. All the talk of rigged elections, voter fraud, “birtherism,” Russian connections, the holy grail of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, global banking...
From: Age of Revolutions on 7 Nov 2016

Capt. Charles Johnson’s “General History of the Pyrates” (1724)

In 1724 a book appeared entitled A General and True History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pyrates (1724) which was written by a “Captain” Charles Johnson. The name of Charles Johnson is likely a pseudonym for a writer...

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