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Outraged about “media bias”? Read a Civil War newspaper.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard a lot of people complaining online in recent months about media bias. Regardless of whether they’re on the political left, right, or middle, I hear from so many people convinced that the … Continue reading

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Do You Know George Wythe?

Down the street from the Governor’s Palace in Colonial Williamsburg sits a two-story brick structure. Living historians, in first-person, debate the road to the American Revolution. But, who was George Wythe? 

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Remembering John and Abigail (part one)

Part one of two When Abigail Adams died in late October, 1818, her husband, John, brokenhearted, said, “I wish I could lie down beside her and die, too.” Today, the two are entombed side by side, along with their son … Continue reading

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Jefferson: Self-governance and “the field of knowledge”

The final part in a four-part series “The field of knowledge,” said Thomas Jefferson, “is the common prosperity of all mankind.” Jefferson’s words are inscribed in big bold letters in the entryway of Monticello’s visitor center. They’re written in architectural … Continue reading

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Mercer’s Grenadier Militia

  Emerging Revolutionary War and Revolutionary War Wednesday is pleased to welcome back guest historian Drew Gruber. Part 1 When we think about American militia during the Revolutionary War, the image of an untrained rifle-toting citizen turned soldier comes to … Continue reading

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Mr. Jefferson’s library: “a necessity of life”

Part three in a four-part series “I cannot live without books,” Thomas Jefferson wrote to John Adams in June of 1815. The former president had just packed his personal library—some 6,700 volumes—into a wagon train and shipped it north to … Continue reading

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Jefferson: The Man Who Moved Mountains

The second in a four-part series He leveled the top of the mountain with gunpowder. He began the project in 1768, when he was twenty-five. He had his slaves literally sheer off the tip of the mountaintop, peeling away soil … Continue reading

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James Monroe at War

  Part Two With an excess of officers in the Continental Army and little prospect of getting a field command, James Monroe resigned his commission in 1779.  He became a Lieutenant-Colonel of Virginia forces, but was unable to recruit enough … Continue reading

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Jefferson: America’s Great Contradiction

The first in a four-part series I sit on a small wooden bench, little more than a plank with legs, really, beneath a tulip poplar whose wide branches umbrella me. The grass around the bench has been worn away by … Continue reading

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