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Setting a Foundation: The Virginia Declaration of Rights

By: Mike Maharrey On June 12, 1776, the Virginia House of Burgesses passed the Virginia Declaration of Rights. It is arguably the most important founding document that most people have never heard ...

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Lessons from the Quartering Acts of 1765 and 1774

June 2, 2022 Uncategorized 0

By: TJ Martinell Most people are familiar with the Boston Tea Party, but not a lot of people know about the aftermath, and how that experience helped shape the Constitution and ...

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Refuse to Cooperate: How the Colonies Responded to the Boston Port Act

By: Mike Maharrey James Madison gave us a blueprint to stop “unwarrantable” government actions (or even “warrantable” actions that happen to be unpopular) in Federalist #46. Madison wrote that “a refusal to cooperate with ...

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Today in History: Parliament Passes the Tea Act

By: Mike Maharrey On April 27, 1773, the British Parliament passed the Tea Act. American colonists widely viewed this as another violation of their right to self-government and it led to ...

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The Midnight Ride of Jack Jouett that Saved Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry

By: Joe Wolverton, II Listen, my children, and you shall hear of the midnight ride of — Jack Jouett? Jouett’s mission, like that of his more famous fellow horseman, was to warn ...

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Patrick Henry: Give me Liberty or Give me Death!

March 25, 2022 Uncategorized 0

By: Michael Boldin On March 23, 1775 – less than a month before Lexington and Concord and the “shot heard round the world,” Patrick Henry offered a set of resolutions before ...

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Thomas Paine, Passionate Pamphleteer for Liberty

December 29, 2020 Thomas Paine 0

By: Tenth Amendment As nobody before, Thomas Paine stirred ordinary people to defend their liberty. He wrote the three top-selling literary works of the eighteenth century, which inspired the American Revolution, ...

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The American Revolution Was a Constitutional Crisis

By: Mike Maharrey At its core, the American Revolution was a constitutional crisis. The British system of government during the colonial era was a constitutional system, but not in the ...

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250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre

March 7, 2020 American Revolution 0

By: Joe Wolverton, II You can still see the spot. If you take the Freedom Trail tour in Boston, a uniformed park ranger will let you stand right on the ...

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Today in History: Treaty of Paris Signed, Formally Ending War for Independence

By: Dave Benner Today in history, on September 3 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed, formally ending the American War for Independence the next year. In 1781, a major ...

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