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The Strange Affair of the King and the Repeal of the Stamp Act

“The King had evidently consented to the repeal, and then disavowed his Ministers.”—Horace Walpole, Memoirs of the Reign of King George the Third In... The post The Strange Affair of the King and the Repeal of the Stamp Act appeared first on Journal...

Charles Thomson and the Delaware

There are many, many founding fathers in the story of America’s Revolution and unfortunately only a few are really known to the general public.... The post Charles Thomson and the Delaware appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

Governor William Franklin: Sagorighweyoghsta, “Great Arbiter” or “Doer of Justice”

William Franklin, son of Benjamin Franklin, was the last Royal Governor of New Jersey, from 1763 to 1776. He is usually identified in U.... The post Governor William Franklin: Sagorighweyoghsta, “Great Arbiter” or “Doer of Justice” appeared first...

The Samuel Adams of North Carolina: Cornelius Harnett and the Burning of Fort Johnston

On a trip to the southern colonies in 1773, Josiah Quincy of Massachusetts visited the coastal region of North Carolina. He was introduced to... The post The Samuel Adams of North Carolina: Cornelius Harnett and the Burning of Fort Johnston appeared first...

This Week on Dispatches: Jospeh Solis-Mullen on the First Partition of Poland on the Eve of the American Revolution

On this week’s Dispatches, host Brady Crytzer interviews JAR contributor Joseph Solis-Mullen on how the agreement between Austria, Russia, and Prussia to divide Poland... The post This Week on Dispatches: Jospeh Solis-Mullen on the First Partition of...

From the First Partition of Poland to Yorktown

It is generally taken for granted that France was ready to jump into the war between Britain and the rebelling North American colonies on... The post From the First Partition of Poland to Yorktown appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

Rev. George Whitefield’s Influence on Colonial Chaplains in the American Revolution

Rev. George Whitefield (1714-1770) was an ordained Church of England priest with an exceptional speaking voice who in his lifetime swayed countless people towards... The post Rev. George Whitefield’s Influence on Colonial Chaplains in the American Revolution...

Joseph Galloway’s Plan of Union

Late in September 1774 the Continental Congress was in the middle of an ongoing debate on the means that should be implemented to restore... The post Joseph Galloway’s Plan of Union appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

Charles Townshend: Architect of the Townshend Duties

The increasingly turbulent years preceding the American Revolution were fueled by an exchange of laws promulgated by Great Britain to maintain political and economic... The post Charles Townshend: Architect of the Townshend Duties appeared first on Journal...

The Frankford Advice: “Place Virginia at the Head of Everything”

Since James Thomas Flexner’s 1974 Pulitzer recognition for his biography of George Washington, one of the axioms of the American founding is that the... The post The <i>Frankford Advice</i>: “Place Virginia at the Head of Everything”...

The Last King of America: The Misunderstood Reign of King George III

BOOK REVIEW: The Last King of America: The Misunderstood Reign of King George III by Andrew Roberts (New York: Viking, 2021) In 1774, a... The post The Last King of America: The Misunderstood Reign of King George III appeared first on Journal of the American...

Thirteen Clocks: How Race United the Colonies and Made the Declaration of Independence

BOOK REVIEW: Thirteen Clocks: How Race United the Colonies and Made the Declaration of Independence by Robert G. Parkinson (Williamsburg, VA: Omohundro Institute of Early... The post Thirteen Clocks: How Race United the Colonies and Made the Declaration...

This Week on Dispatches: James M. Smith on How America Declared Its Rights

On this week’s Dispatches, host Brady Crytzer interviews JAR contributor James M. Smith on the political, legal, and philosophical influences considered by the First... The post This Week on Dispatches: James M. Smith on How America Declared Its Rights...

How America Declared its Rights

During the seventeenth century and into the eighteenth century the political philosophers of Europe were writing and discussing some new and radical ideas on... The post How America Declared its Rights appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

Review: The Cause: The American Revolution and Its Discontents, 1773–1783

BOOK REVIEW: The Cause: The American Revolution and its Discontents, 1773-1783 by Joseph J. Ellis (New York, NY: Liveright Publishing, 2021) Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Joseph... The post Review: The Cause: The American Revolution and Its Discontents,...

Review: Mind and Hearts: The Story of James Otis Jr. and Mercy Otis Warren

BOOK REVIEW: Minds and Hearts: The Story of James Otis Jr. and Mercy Otis Warren by Jeffrey Hacker (Amherst, MA: Bright Leaf/University of Massachusetts Press,... The post Review: Mind and Hearts: The Story of James Otis Jr. and Mercy Otis Warren appeared...

Review: Two Revolutions and the Constitution

BOOK REVIEW: Two Revolutions and the Constitution: How the English and American Revolutions Produced the American Constitution by James D. R. Philips (Lanham, MD: Hamilton... The post Review: Two Revolutions and the Constitution appeared first on Journal...

Timothy Matlack, Scribe of the Declaration of Independence

The scribe of the Declaration of Independence—and perhaps the first man to read it in public—was born on March 28, 1736 in Haddonfield, New... The post Timothy Matlack, Scribe of the Declaration of Independence appeared first on Journal of the American...

This Week on Dispatches: James D. R. Philips on the Influence of the English Revolution on the American Revolution

On this week’s Dispatches, host Brady Crytzer interviews author and historian James D. R. Philips on his research about the influence of the English... The post This Week on Dispatches: James D. R. Philips on the Influence of the English Revolution...

Election Sermons and Collective Identity in Massachusetts, 1760–1775

“It is Hoped that this People will Unitedly Exert Themselves:”[1] In August 1765, crowds gathered on the streets of Boston protesting Parliament’s Stamp Act,... The post Election Sermons and Collective Identity in Massachusetts, 1760–1775 appeared...

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