History Brief: The Treaty of Paris 1783
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History Brief: The Treaty of Paris 1783

Although Yorktown was the last major battle of the American Revolution, the war did not technically end with the surrender of Cornwallis’ army. The British still held Savannah, Charleston, and New York. While a few minor skirmishes took place across the 13 states, the Patriot victory at Yorktown had convinced the British that the war […]

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Monarchy and the American Founding
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Monarchy and the American Founding

In our cultural imagination about the Revolution, we have this idea that there has to have been something democratic and republican about it. That it’s a kind of republican and democratic revolt against the Ancien Régime and monarchical power, and that is so powerful in our historical imagination. But these people–that is, not all of […]

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Landmark Events Leading to the Constitution
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Landmark Events Leading to the Constitution

While in hindsight the American Revolutionary War and eventual Constitution seem like a sequence of neat, well planned events, in reality the Constitution was the product of many years of effort on the part of an incalculable number of individuals. Today we will study a sampling of these events and people by taking a look […]

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What if America Had A King?
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What if America Had A King?

When I travelled to Washington, D.C., I decided to pay attention to the imagery and symbolisms in the capital. In the halls of the American History Mueseum, there is this statue of George Washington, in a robe and holding a sword. And then in the ceiling of the rotunda in the capital, Washington is depicted […]

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