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Journal of the American Revolution
  • by Stuart Hatfield
    In the Spring of 1776, as the American Revolution was underway the movement of the Colonies towards independence was just starting to gain steam…. The post John Adams and the Rule of Law appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.
  • by Al Dickenson
    There was much discussion over the impeachment process during the Constitution’s ratifying debates. Federalists argued that the ability to impeach an individual gave disproportionate… The post Weaponizing Impeachment: Justice Samuel Chase and President Thomas Jefferson’s Battle Over the Process appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.
  • by Editors
    This month we asked our contributors, which person, for whom no image is known to exist, would you like to discover a full-length portrait… The post Contributor Question: If We Only Had A Portrait . . . appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.
  • by Christian McBurney
    The American Revolution spurred the world’s first significant movement to abolish slavery and the African slave trade.[1] Before then, there was virtually no antislavery… The post Rhode Island Acts to Prevent an Enslaved Family from Being Transported to the South appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.
  • by Dayne Rugh
    The Bliss Family roots run deep in Connecticut. Born in England around 1618, Thomas Bliss became a founder of Hartford and Norwich, Connecticut before… The post The Brothers Bliss: A Soldier’s Account Behind the New York Lines appeared first on Journal of the American Revolution.
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The American Revolution Institute
  • by ARI Editor
    Among the most curious treasures in the library of the American Revolution Institute is a monochrome aquatint with etching of a properly dressed gentleman with his left hand gripping the pommel of his sword and his right arm draped around a bare-breasted woman whose arm is curled suggestively around his neck. The legend reads The […]
  • by ARI Editor
    In 1787 Thomas Jefferson was in Paris, wasting his time as ambassador from a government that had so little authority that the French government could safely ignore it. Many of Jefferson’s American friends, including James Madison, were deeply concerned about violent unrest driven by high taxes and the burden of debts compounded by deflation. In […]
  • by ARI Editor
    The American Revolution was a peculiar sort of revolution, and not least because it was led by men we find it hard to imagine as revolutionaries. George Washington, George Mason, and John Hancock were respected and wealthy members of the gentry. They had everything to lose and apparently little to gain from revolution. They were […]
  • by ARI Editor
    What did George Washington look like? We know, or think we know, because we have seen dozens of portraits of him. We carry his image in our pockets, on our dollar bills and our loose change. And though the most familiar portraits by Gilbert Stuart, Charles Willson Peale and John Trumbull differ somewhat, most of […]
  • by ARI Editor
    On the night of March 5, 1770—251 years ago tonight—a party of British soldiers shot and killed five Bostonians in an event known ever since as the Boston Massacre. The killings shook the loyalty of Britain’s North American colonists to the British government. John Adams wrote that the “foundation of American independence was laid” that […]