Month: July 2013

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Colonel Lewis Nicola: Soldier, Scientist and Man of Letters (part 1)

If not for a single unfortunate letter that Colonel Lewis Nicola of the Continental Army addressed to Commander-in-Chief General George Washington on May 22, 1782, this accomplished soldier and scholar would be entirely unknown today.  Regrettably, this simple letter has subsequently been wildly misinterpreted by historians, and Nicola today is best remembered as the man […]

by Douglas R. Cubbison
Food & Lifestyle Posted on

Feeding the Slaves

While it is a shameful chapter in our national past, the fact of slavery during the Revolutionary Era is inescapable, and part of understanding how the people of this nascent country ate is exploring how the slaves were fed.  Sources are exceptionally scarce and contemporary recipes are nonexistent, but we can reconstruct some idea of […]

by Lars D. H. Hedbor
Critical Thinking Posted on

Establishing the Tory Myth

Our understanding of loyalists in the American Revolution is a relic of the eighteenth-century turn from what one might call “constitutional sense” to a more “revolutionary sensibility” in Anglo-American political culture, a shift further reinforced by romantic nineteenth-century writers.[i]  To understand them as they saw themselves unfurls a rather different historical narrative. For most men […]

by Taylor Stoermer
Interviews Posted on

12 Questions with Holly Mayer

When we asked our Facebook readers who they’d most like to see interviewed, Holly A. Mayer was at the top of that list. Mayer just stepped down as chair of the History Department at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to focus on research and teaching. She concentrates her scholarship on civil-military relations during the Revolutionary […]

by Todd Andrlik
The War Years (1775-1783) Posted on

Loyalist Leadership in the Revolutionary South

The historical debate concerning the Loyalists in the Revolutionary South has generally focused on matters such as the Loyalists’ numbers and motivations. While these are issues deserve study, one aspect of the Loyalists’ role in the southern campaign has received far less attention: that of leadership. The British government’s “Southern Strategy” depended to a great […]

by Jim Piecuch
Beyond the Classroom Posted on

American Revolution Presentations on Prezi and SlideShare

Most scholars of the American Revolution do their research in libraries and digital archives. Google Books, JSTOR, American Archives and Founders Online are among the hottest mostly-free online resources for serious exploration.  While I love deep-archive diving as much as the next professional, I also find great joy in the occasional shallow or leisurely swims […]

by Todd Andrlik
Places Posted on

Taking to Devil’s Den

The crevices and stony outcroppings of Devil’s Den, a 1,756-acre nature preserve in Weston and Redding, Connecticut, can provide shelter for hikers during an unexpected rainstorm. Or, as was the case for some women and children 236 years ago, the perfect place to hide during a British invasion. It was shortly before sunset on April […]

by Cathryn J. Prince
Arts & Literature Posted on

Reverend Seabury’s Pamphlet War

In the fall of 1774, just before adjourning, the First Continental Congress outlined the Articles of Association, an aggressive plan of economic resistance to Great Britain that included nonconsumption, nonimportation and nonexportation. These boycotts were to be enforced by local committees and supplant Colonial governments. Westchester, New York Reverend Samuel Seabury responded with a series […]

by Wayne Lynch
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Washington and the Final British Campaign for the Hudson River, 1779

In 1779 General George Washington and British Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Clinton were locked in a stalemate around New York City.  Clinton desperately wanted to lure Washington into a climactic battle that would destroy the Continental Army but his forces were not strong enough to fight Washington on his own ground.  Clinton attacked Connecticut in an […]

by Hugh T. Harrington
Critical Thinking Posted on

Samuel Chase’s Wild Ride

Myth: “In 1776, when Maryland instructed its delegates to the Continental Congress to vote against independence, Chase launched a successful campaign to persuade the Maryland assembly to reverse its position. In the next two days he rode one hundred miles and arrived in Philadelphia just in time to sign the Declaration of Independence.” –American National […]

by Ray Raphael
News Posted on

Top 10 Most Popular Articles in June 2013

Journal of the American Revolution (#allthingsliberty) continues to publish a flurry of exciting articles and, in June, we welcomed six new contributors — Robert M. Dunkerly, Daniel Tortora, Elizabeth M. Covart, Cathryn J. Prince, Michael Barbieri and Jeff Dacus. In June, we also shared the exciting news that a commemorative **print** edition of Journal of […]

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