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Happy Bastille Day!

As an enthusiast of French history, I like to encourage all people to celebrate today, Bastille Day. On July 14, 1789, Parisian revolutionaries stormed the Bastille, a prison that symbolized the power of the corrupt King, Louis XVI. The people

Posted in Stories Of Events, This Day In History

Memorial Day

Hi everyone! Today in the US is the national holiday known as Memorial Day, a day on which we remember those who have died in military service to this country. On a day like this, I find that I have

Posted in Stories Of Events

How Football Began

I have a pretty uniform approach to my weekends.  On Saturdays, I wake up make some breakfast and watch the college football pregame reports, then one of my roommates and I have lunch and watch the games for the day

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What About All The King’s Men?

The more I read books by Edmund Morgan, the more I am captivated by his narrative and find significant power behind his historical arguments.  The Birth of the Republic, 1763-89, is no exception to this rule. I bought this book

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Posted in Colonial America, Historical Finds, Some Of The History We Write, Stories Of Events, Thoughts from Other Historians

Tweeting Through The Revolution

Ok so this really cool twitter account over 8 years is giving a day by day account of the American Revolution. Here is one of today’s tweets. Gen. Washington’s Orders address forging of the regiment’s roll calls and proper procedures

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Posted in Historical Finds, Stories Of Events

“10 Historical Mysteries”

Hey everyone, I found a video that talks about 10 historical mysteries.  Some of them seem more conspiracy driven, but I think the video is worth looking at, if for anything, just to see that even after thousands of years

Posted in Stories Of Events

Evaluating my current love affair with bookstores

Very early on in childhood, I can always remember be fascinated with bookstores. Although not always called the biggest reader, I loved perusing the stacks of historical non-fiction stacks and thinking about topics ranging from Lincoln’s Assassination to the roots

Posted in Some Of The History We Write, Some Simple Rants On History, Stories Of Events, Thoughts from Other Historians, Uncategorized

Gilbert Tennent and some thoughts on Colonial America’s Anti-Catholicism

Hi friends, So for Colonial America this past semester, I had to tell the story of a primary source document.  I found this interesting sermon by a Great Awakening pastor named Gilbert Tennent.  He preached a sermon on English exceptionalism

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Posted in Historical Finds, Some Of The History We Write, Stories Of Events

Wright Brothers Flying Away

Hi friends, I’ve found a video on the first flight of the Wright Brothers.  Hopefully you will enjoy it.  It is short and interesting. -Phil

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Posted in Historical Finds, Stories Of Events, Teaching History

“The Impact of General von Steuben”

When I was in my 8th grade United States history class, my teacher put on this animated movie about the American Revolution.  One scene that always stood out to me was when General von Steuben was introduced to the Continental

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