Category Archives: Founding Fathers

Hamilton, An American Musical: Anticipation Building

I am seeing it on September 13 and I cannot wait. I fear I will faint. I’ve been watching the progression of this extraordinary show over the last year, and hearing the buzz of it shivering through the air. The … Continue reading

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On This Day: 1826

It was July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of July 4, 1776. Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, old men by that point, had been invited to attend celebrations in honor of the day, but due to illness both had … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Library of Congress

As the daughter of a librarian, I had to write a post in tribute. This post is for him. On this day, in 1800, President John Adams approved legislation that appropriated $5,900 to purchase the books that would create the … Continue reading

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Today In History: October 19, 1781

The surrender at Yorktown, which ended the American Revolutionary War. Day before: General Lord Charles Cornwallis to General George Washington, October 18, 1781 I agree to open a treaty of capitulation upon the basis of the garrisons of York and … Continue reading

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Happy Independence Day!

Here is Elvis’ goosebump-inducing and totally sincere version of “America the Beautiful.” Bring us there, Elvis. Walk us through it. He sounds like an old-timey preacher in a tent in a field. Gonna take a run and go visit my … Continue reading

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The Books: Arguably, ‘Benjamin Franklin: Free and Easy’, by Christopher Hitchens

On the essays shelf: Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens My grandmother had a big illustrated copy of Poor Richard’s Almanac, which I had pretty much memorized by the time I was 6 years old. The illustrations were goofy and elaborate, … Continue reading

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Today In History: April 18-19, 1775: “I Set Off Upon a Very Good Horse”

On the night of April 18, into April 19, in 1775, Paul Revere made his famous ride. The spring of 1775 was a tense time. Prominent Bostonians were under constant threat of arrest from the British, and many of them … Continue reading

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On This Day: December 16, 1773: “This Destruction of the Tea is so bold, so daring, so firm, intrepid, and inflexible, and it must have important Consequences, and so lasting, that I can’t but consider it as an Epocha in History.” – John Adams

On November 28, 1773, the Dartmouth sailed into port in Boston. It was full of tea. There had already been trouble in Philadelphia when the ship had tried to unload its cargo. A ship had been blown away from the … Continue reading

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On This Day: November 25, 1783

George Washington “took back” New York from the British. The peace treaty had been signed a year before, France had pledged support and recognition of the new United States, but the redcoats remained in New York, waiting for their written … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, John Adams

I’ve written more about him than anyone else. Even Cary Grant or Elvis. I grew up hearing about “John and Abigail” with such familiarity (and I had cousins who lived in Quincy, and when we would go there for Thanksgiving, … Continue reading

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