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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 Boston’s port. The ship 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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Today in history: March 16, 1751

James Madison, fourth President of the United States, was born on this day in Virginia. “The principles and modes of government are too important to be disregarded by an inquisitive mind, and I think are well worthy of a critical … Continue reading

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Today In History: May 25, 1787 “how thirteen independent states could share a government of tripartite powers”

May 25, 1787: the Constitutional Convention (although that would only be its name later; at the time it was called the “Federal Convention”) got underway. Most of the delegates had arrived, by that time, from their far-flung states, and May … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, James Madison

… fourth President of the United States, born on this day in Virginia, 1751. “The principles and modes of government are too important to be disregarded by an inquisitive mind, and I think are well worthy of a critical examination … Continue reading

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Today In History: Dec. 16, 1773

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 tea ship had tried to unload its cargo. A ship had been blown away from … Continue reading

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The Books: “Miracle At Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention May – September 1787” (Catherine Drinker Bowen)

Next on the US history shelf: Next book in my American history section is the classic, and one of my all-time favorites: Miracle At Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention May – September 1787, by Catherine Drinker Bowen. She’s … Continue reading

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Patrick Henry: “that overwhelming torrent”

Today is the birthday of Patrick Henry. The old firebrand! The old Virginian firebrand! What a hothead, what a motivator, what a fascinating man. A die-hard patriot, a slave-owner, who made perhaps the most famous speech in American history (second … Continue reading

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Today in History: “how thirteen independent states could share a government of tripartite powers”

May 25, 1787 … the Constitutional Convention (although that would only be its name later … at the time it was called the “Federal Convention”) got underway. Most of the delegates had arrived, by that time, from their far-flung states, … Continue reading

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Miracle at Philadelphia

I’m still reading Miracle at Philadelphia. It’s like CANDY to me and I don’t want it to end. Catherine Drinker Bowen writes with an unabashed sense of import and admiration – and yet she also gets us down into the … Continue reading

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The Federal Convention

Nobody went into the “Constitutional Convention” calling it the “Constitutional Convention”. For the most part (except for maybe Madison, Hamilton, and Washington who pretty much wanted to create a strong “energetic” national government from the getgo) they were all there … Continue reading

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