Kids Reenact the American Revolution!

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This is the cutest video ever! Watch adorable kids reenact the Revolution! Highlights include the Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere’s Ride, Lexington & Concord, and the surrender at Yorktown, among others.

Definitely worth the watch!

Click here.

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Today, on April 30, 1789 it was a beautiful spring day…

The day started with a thirteen gun salute before dawn.

Throngs of people had gathered in Lower Manhattan.

People were screaming and cheering from every window and roof in the area.

General George Washington was brought to the inauguration in a four-horse coach.

Chancellor Robert Livingston swore him in.

Washington kissed the Bible, and said “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, after which he spontaneously said “So help me God”, starting a tradition kept ever since.

Livingston proclaimed aloud “Long live President George Washington!”.

What a site it must have been to watch the first president of our nation being sworn in. I can visit the site, a mere two blocks from my office, but will never be able to witness the grandeur of that day.

File this under YES PLEASE! American Revolution Document Auction!

Haym Salomon Bill of Exchange

Haym Salomon Bill of Exchange

This site gives you a breakdown of what’s for sale, including some highlights. From the site:

The first sale of items from the James S. Copley Library will be held on Wednesday, 14 April at Sotheby’s New York, and this is probably going to be the Americana sale to watch this year. The entire catalog is highlights, so I’ll preview just a few of them here.

I’m not going to paste the whole article because it’s fairly long, but I will say that I wish I could get my hands on some of these items! Letters from and signed by Washington, Jefferson, Adams (actually 4 of them: John, Abigail, Samuel & John Quincy), Hancock, Madison, Monroe, Paine, Revere, Putnam, Burgoyne, Morris, and so many more! There are also a number of items from Lincoln.

If you want to spend lots of money on me, please don’t hesitate to spend it here.

Here‘s a link to the 389 page PDF with all the information in it. Enjoy perusing.

Please note the photo I selected as a Jewish guy. 🙂

My Favorite History Channel Special, The Presidents, is on sale! YES PLEASE!

The Presidents - History Channel

I am thrilled that my favorite History Channel special is on sale for 50% off! Click here for the special sale! The Presidents is an eight-part special that “illuminates the legendary leaders and forgotten placeholders in a 215-year history of the highest office in the land”.

The States & The Presidents Gift Set

It’s actually being sold as a box set along with “The States”, which “tracks down what’s special and unique throughout the union. Its ambitious state-by-state approach ensures that each region’s highlights get the attention they deserve.” I haven’t seen that one at all, but it looks really interesting and hope to pick it up.

I’ve watched The Presidents easily a few times each (the memory isn’t what it used to be), and remember new tidbits about different Presidents each time. The sale only lasts until February 21st, so if you’re interested in getting the package, don’t take too long.

Hope this interests you!

Site of the Week: Rag Linen

Rag Linen

I’ve only discovered this site recently, but have been absolutely thrilled with it so far. In lieu of explaining the function of the site, I’ll paste it from their page:

Rag Linen is an online museum and educational archive of rare and historic printed newspapers, which serve as the first drafts of history and the critical primary source material for historians, authors and teachers. The collection also features some notable periodicals, documents, broadsides and books.

Before 1870, newspapers were printed on a heavy-duty paper made by pulping linen rags, often from clothes or ship sails. Thanks to the durability of rag linen paper and Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press, history’s most important events from the 15th through the 19th centuries are often well preserved in printed form. The historic accounts printed within the pages of these newspapers and periodicals come to life in the Rag Linen blog.

With historic newspapers you’ll travel back in time to read reports from the Late Middle Ages, the European Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment. You’ll learn about the evolution of the British Empire and the settling of the first American colonies. You’ll understand the pain and suffering from countless European and American wars, including these major conflicts:

* The Eighty Years’ War (1566-1648)
* The Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648)
* The English Civil Wars (1642-1651)
* King Philip’s War (1675-1676)
* The War of the Austrian Succession (1740-1748)
* The French and Indian War (1756-1763)
* The American Revolutionary War (1775-1783)
* The War of 1812 (1812-1815)
* The American Civil War (1861-1865)

Old English

I love this site! I love seeing the firsthand documents from pivotal events in our country’s history, complete with the S that looks like some sort of F (picture above, explanation here). One of the coolest things I’ve found on Rag Linen so far is the original correspondence between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, and the subsequent articles written after Hamilton’s death.

Benjamin Franklin Printing

Also, as an avid fan of the American Revolutionary period, seeing things that were printed by Benjamin Franklin is just awesome.


This week’s site: Rag Linen

Site of the Week: British Soldiers, American Revolution

Last time I posted a site of the week, I took some flak for the lack of originality in the post because of how well-known Failblog is. As a dislclaimer for future posts, I’ll paste what I wrote in the first Site of the Week – “You may know some of them, or all of them, but I want to share the sites I love most.” I promised to go somewhat more obscure, to make sure that most people were learning about a website they’d never heard of before. I think this week’s site will fit that bill just fine. I present to you:

British Soldiers American Revolution

From the site:

A place for information about British soldiers who served during the American Revolution, 1775-1783. Thousands of soldiers wore red coats, but little is known about them as individuals. This site will change that, soldier by soldier.

I’ve been a big fan of studying the American Revolution for a few years now, and have enjoyed different aspects of the time period. Something I’d always lamented about was my lack of knowledge of how the “other side” operated. All the books I’d read told of the underdog fledgling group of colonists who wanted a land of their own, and the details known about their lives and accomplishments were readily available for any reader hungry for the knowledge. However, I always wondered what it was like to be a British soldier fighting the “rebel Americans”, and what the lives of the common soldier were like. This site seems to do that quite nicely, with a nice variety of detail about the average soldier, along with details about how the military operated.


This week’s site: British Soldiers, American Revolution.

Today George Washington resigned as commander-in-chief, and showed us his character

General George Washington Resigning His Commission by John Trumbull, 1824

General George Washington Resigning His Commission by John Trumbull, 1824

In reality, the big emotional scene took place nineteen days earlier in Fraunces Tavern in Lower Manhattan when General Washington met with his officers to say goodbye. Apparently, this was one of the few times as an adult that Washington was ever seen crying. It must have been a really powerful scene, watching the hero, the bringer of Freedom, THE Founding Father, breaking down as he wished the people he trusted his life with farewell.

On December 23, 1783, Washington appeared before the Congress meeting in Annapolis, Maryland, and surrendered his commission as general and commander in chief. This was one of the times when he earned the title of a modern-day Cincinnatus. As he also did when he stepped down after his second term as President, Washington did something that many of us would not.

He said goodbye. He was the hero and the toast of the country. While not as popular as he used to be by the end of his second term as President, when the war had just ended there was nobody on his level. Similarly, as in 1797, he could have parlayed his unparalleled fame into something more, perhaps even into a King. At this point, the war is over. He appears to really have treated his role as general and commander-in-chief as just that – the leader during the war. Now that the war was over, he was more than happy to step down and go back to Mount Vernon and spend time on his property. Throughout the war and his Presidency, Washington had frequent correspondence back home, micromanaging the farming and renovations to his home, down to the types of curtains he wanted.

There are historians who really believe that he didn’t want to be President at all, let alone for a second term. However, some questions arise as to whether he was just being humble when he had to “be convinced” by close friends, like Knox, Madison, Hamilton and Jefferson.

Would I have had the willpower and patriotism to do what was best for the country? Would I have stepped down and went home to my farm when I could have become a monarch, or something similar? Would you?