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The French line (left) and British line (right) do battle in The Battle of the Chesapeake

It was a bold proposition for thirteen poorly organized colonies to go to war against what was then the world’s greatest economic and military power. Without the vast wealth of the British and without a professionally trained military, the colonists faced a daunting task in fighting the Crown for their…

Today’s Democratic Party traces its history to 1828, making it the oldest existing political party in the country. The party has its origins in the First Party System, which consisted of the Federalists and Republicans. By the 1810s, the Republicans had begun calling themselves the Democratic-Republicans. Going into the 1820s…

Molly Pitcher at the Battle of Monmouth, engraving by J.C. Armytage, c. 1859
Molly Pitcher at the Battle of Monmouth, engraving by J.C. Armytage, c. 1859

Accounts of warfare are often strictly accounts of the heroism of men, which is understandable, as most stories of wartime heroism tend to take a narrow view and focus only on combat, a role from which women were excluded until relatively recently in history. But women have always served in…

In the aftermath of the French and Indian War, which ended in 1763, thousands of British soldiers were stationed throughout the American colonies. At the time, the colonists saw them as protectors, a defense against potential threats from both the French and Native Americans. However, in the ensuing years, as…

For twenty-first-century Americans, big government is nothing new. No matter how we feel about it, the government is everywhere and involved in virtually every aspect of our lives. With the federal government responsible for so many facets of our lives, it can be challenging to remember that it was once…

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

For many Americans, feminism is a movement they associate with the 1960s and 1970s, but the movement for women’s rights can be traced at least as far back as the mid-1800s. The decade of the 1840s witnessed a proliferation of reform movements, and women were instrumental in many of them…

Harriet Tubman in the late 1860s

As the subject of a recent movie and with talk of placing her image on the twenty-dollar bill, Harriet Tubman is perhaps more in the news today than at any point since her death. With so much attention focused on Tubman, let’s look at the life of this remarkable woman…

Wars are complicated, and understanding their causes can be tricky, even for those who live through them. Conflicts can seldom be attributed to one reason and are often the result of years of tensions. The American Revolution is no exception. …

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