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Happy Birthday, George Washington

That video is not safe for work, by the way. Due to its total awesomeness. Here is a big post I wrote for Washington’s birthday in 2010. I love my father’s quote the best: “We were so lucky.” This hurts … Continue reading

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Today In History: October 19, 1781: The Surrender at Yorktown

The surrender at Yorktown, which ended the American Revolutionary War. The 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 … 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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Today in history, February 22, 1732

George Washington, first President of the United States, was born. (All quotes from George Washington’s letters below I got from my copy of the Library of America’s compilation of his writings) Thomas Jefferson on George Washington: The moderation and virtue … Continue reading

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Today in history: December 4, 1783

George Washington met with his officers in Fraunces Tavern here in New York City to resign his commission as Commander in Chief. It was an emotional moment. The war had been long. What would happen now? Fraunces Tavern was downtown … Continue reading

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Today in history: September 5, 1774

On September 5, 1774, the First Continental Congress convened at Carpenters Hall in Philadelphia. It was a very stressful and dangerous time, and there was very little agreement among the colonies about what should be done. The Port Bill (closing … Continue reading

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Today in history: February 22, 1732

George Washington, first President of the United States, was born. (All quotes from George Washington’s letters below I got from my copy of George Washington : Writings (Library of America)) Thomas Jefferson on George Washington: The moderation and virtue of … 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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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 to Sharon’s Dead Boyfriend, George Washington

… who was born on this day in 1732. Thomas Jefferson on George Washington: The moderation and virtue of a single character probably prevented this Revolution from being closed, as most others have been, by a subversion of that liberty … Continue reading

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