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The 2021 Annual Volume

The seventh Journal of the American Revolution Annual Volume is now available. Each annual volume highlights articles selected by our editorial board from the... The post The 2021 Annual Volume appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

The British Constitution in Crisis: The Gordon Riots and the American Revolution

By Lauren Michalak In the first week of June 1780, London was nearly brought to its knees by a week-long riot. Rioters destroyed all but one prison, attacked the properties and bodies of judges and politicians, and attempted to sack the Bank of England....
From: Age of Revolutions on 3 May 2021

April 3

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “He already makes what is called QUEEN’S WARE, equal to any imported.” In the late 1760s, colonists responded to duties on certain imported goods with nonimportation...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 30 Apr 2021

April 29

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “INNOCENT BLOOD CRYING TO GOD FROM THE STREETS OF BOSTON.” When ships from England arrived in American ports in the spring of 1771, they delivered news of reactions...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 29 Apr 2021

Review of Resisting Independence: Popular Loyalism in the Revolutionary British Atlantic by Brad A. Jones (2020)

Review by Kacy Dowd Tillman Jones, Brad A. Resisting Independence: Popular Loyalism in the Revolutionary British Atlantic. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2020. 324 pp. Resisting Independence by Brad A. Jones explores loyalism as it played...
From: Age of Revolutions on 28 Apr 2021

April 23

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “A few of Mr. Lovell’s ORATIONS on the Massacre in Boston.” In the spring of 1771 colonial printers advertised a variety of items commemorating the death of George...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 23 Apr 2021

A Tory-Loving Town?

Salem has a bit of a reputation as a “Tory-loving town” due to the sentiments of some of its more conspicuous residents on the eve of the Revolution: prominent judges, merchants and lawyers could not reconcile their local and imperial loyalties...
From: streets of salem on 23 Apr 2021

“She had gone to the Army . . . to her Husband”: Judith Lines’s Unremarked Life

When the War of the Revolution began in April 1775, Connecticut resident Judith Jeffords née Philips was nineteen years old, had been married for two... The post “She had gone to the Army . . . to her Husband”: Judith Lines’s...

Circa 1775

For Patriots Day, I endeavored to find Salem houses built in 1775, but it turned out to be a bit more involved task than I envisioned. I was just going to walk around and look at the Historic Salem, Inc. plaques, then I decided to consult the Massachusetts...
From: streets of salem on 18 Apr 2021

April 17

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Grand Feast of Historical Entertainment … XENOPHONTICK BANQUET.” Robert Bell advertised widely when he published an American edition of William Robertson’s...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 17 Apr 2021

Print Media and Isaiah Thomas

‘Tis to ye Press & Pen we Mortals owe All we believe & almost all we know: —George Fischer, The American Instructor: or, Young... The post Print Media and Isaiah Thomas appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.

Joseph Dobel “very unfavorably represented”

Capt. Joseph Dobel, veteran of a Boston riot, the Continental Navy, and the East India trade, was discussed at the highest levels of the U.S. government in 1799. President John Adams was then beefing up the United States Navy. Having had the U.S.S. Constitution...
From: Boston 1775 on 12 Apr 2021

April 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Mrs. Russel will be much obliged to those that will employ her Hands.” Elisabeth Russel, John Giles, and William Russel, the executors of Alexander Russel’s estate,...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 10 Apr 2021

Moving Images of Revolution:  A Critical Forum on Gonzalo Benavente Sacco’s “La Revolución y la tierra” (Peru, 2020)

The following forum on La Revoución y la Tierra (Peru, 2020) consists of an introduction by Adrián Lerner Patrón, six essays on select themes from the film (some in Spanish and others in English) by scholars of Latin American history...
From: Age of Revolutions on 7 Apr 2021

The Privateer’s House

On this very day in 1776, the Continental Congress authorized private vessels commissioned with “Letters of Marque and Reprisal” to “make captures of British Vessels and Cargoes” and Salem’s shipowners and shipmasters responded...
From: streets of salem on 3 Apr 2021

Pennock, “Uncovering the Early Indigenous Atlantic” in the June 2020 AHR

Caroline Dodds Pennock, “Aztecs Abroad? Uncovering the Early Indigenous Atlantic,” American Historical Review 125/3 (2020).
From: EM Spanish History Notes on 1 Apr 2021

Premo, “Calculating Age in Colonial Spanish American Law” in AHR, April

Bianca Premo, “Meticulous Imprecision: Calculating Age in Colonial Spanish American Law,” American Historical Review 125/2 (2020).
From: EM Spanish History Notes on 31 Mar 2021

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