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Revolutionary War

Where The Tea Party Gets Schooled

Salon | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics

So I just got back from a family vacation at Colonial Williamsburg, the Virginia granddaddy of all American "living history" museums. (They hate the t...

Washington's 'Oval Office' To Be Remade

AP | JOANN LOVIGLIO | Posted 05.31.2013 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA — A large canvas tent that served as George Washington's home and command center during the Revolutionary War is being duplicated d...

The Reluctant Traveler

Helen Davey | Posted 04.27.2013 | Comedy
Helen Davey

I love a good story. I especially love a good story if it's true. And most of all, I love a good story if it's true, and it's about my family. History comes alive for me when I can imagine my own relatives living in different times and places, connected to me, and yet unknown in so many ways.

George Washington Was A Friend Of Muslims

Craig Considine | Posted 04.20.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

Washington's tolerance of and friendships with Muslims may be a product of his adherence to the principles of Enlightenment, which emphasized a concern for human rights and freedom of choice

PHOTOS: Fort Ticonderoga Presides Over New York's Lakes

Posted 11.05.2012 | Travel

Fort Ticonderoga's panoramic view of Lake Champlain and Lake George is the happy byproduct of a century of murderous scheming. The fort was first c...

The Conundrum of the Pendulum

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

The real danger of right-wing extremism today is not necessarily the medieval views advanced by party advocates.

Breaking Bloody News of the American Revolution, 1775

Todd Andrlik | Posted 10.23.2012 | Media
Todd Andrlik

We live in a time of constant debate and discussion about political and military media coverage. So, now is perhaps the best time to study media coverage of the American Revolution and the birth of the United States.

Revolutionary Treasures Wait Patiently For A Place To Call Home

AP | JOANN LOVIGLIO | Posted 09.10.2012 | Home

PHILADELPHIA — A nondescript building on a quiet street somewhere outside Philadelphia holds a secret stash of treasures that have been waiting ...

War And America’s Civil Religion

Raymond Haberski, Jr. | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Raymond Haberski, Jr.

The American experience with war acts like a civil religion -- a way for Americans to affirm and assess national ideals for which generations have been called to give their last full measure of devotion. It is a glorious, dangerous, heroic, terrifying cross to bear.

Rare Paul Revere Print Found

AP | Posted 06.12.2012 | Arts

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A rare engraved print created by Paul Revere has been found in a 19th century book at Brown University. A university preservation...

At Frat House, Perry Commits Revolutionary War Gaffe

Posted 10.12.2011 | Politics

Following Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate, Texas Governor Rick Perry stumbled in making remarks on the Revolutionary War, Carrie Dann a...

Let Freedom Ring! Exploring the Freedom Trail

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 12.11.2011 | College
Zoe P. Strassfield

Ever since we'd first learned about the Revolutionary War in fourth grade, I'd wanted to visit the sites where the events had occurred. So I showed up early, camera-in-hand, to visit the Freedom Trail, a very high priority on my "Must-See" list.

History Can Still Matter in America

Kevin Bunkley | Posted 11.02.2011 | Politics
Kevin Bunkley

We're heading toward an environment where myth is repackaged as fact.

Astoria Characters: The Caretaker of God's Garden

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 10.24.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The weeds, the vines, they are the only things alive in this half-acre tombstone. James Sheehan has been trying to kill them off for decades, but they keep coming back.

The Plight of Marco Sauceda

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Too often, we elevate the events of the American Revolution to near-mythic status and forget that the real revolutionaries were people just like you and me.

Spirit Of Independence: Best Books On Founding Fathers (And A Few Mothers Too)

Posted 09.03.2011 | Books

Yes, we know the 4th of July is more about fireworks and picnics than the Revolutionary War, but we are, after all, celebrating American Independence....

'God Of Liberty': The Role Of Religion In American Independence

Anil Mundra | Posted 09.01.2011 | Religion
Anil Mundra

America has always been religious -- and also religiously diverse. The historical narrative suggests that it's this special combination to which the United States owes its existence.

Michele Bachmann's First Official Campaign Speech?

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Ostroy

What would Michele Bachmann's first major 2012 campaign speech look like once she officially announced her candidacy?

Our Forgotten "Presidents"

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In between the Declaration of Independence and George Washington's inauguration, there were 16 (or perhaps 13, or maybe just eight) men who were called "president".

George Washington vs. Barack Obama: A Question of Character

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carol Smaldino

I still have a strange sense of hope for change, but it is not coming from Barack Obama. Rather it is coming from public rumblings that I'm beginning ...

Trying to Thwart Change in the 13 Colonies and Egypt

Dave Astor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dave Astor

Julian Assange's great-great-great-great-grandmother reportedly released some explosive documents during the Revolutionary War that eerily remind us o...

Jill Lepore: Tea Party Time... and the Death of Compassion (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Christopher Lydon

There's more religion than politics in the 2010 Tea Party, Jill Lepore is saying. There's less of 1776 about it than of 1976 -- that dyspeptic post-Vietnam, post-Watergate bicentennial moment.

PHOTOS: 12 Historic Battlefields Worth A Visit

Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

We may be history nerds, but we love walking around historic battlefields of wars past. There is something so moving and so compelling about walking...

On the Road: Philadelphia's Neighborhood Farmers' Markets -- Headhouse

Steve Poses | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Steve Poses

The Headhouse Farmers' Market grows out of long market tradition. And for pure physical per-square-foot concentration of food shopping ecstasy, it is unrivaled.

Book Review Roundup

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Want to find out what Kakutani had to say about Gary Shteyngart's "Super Sad True Love Story"? How about the LA Times's take on Rick Moody's latest? C...