Month: January 2014

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Top 10 Articles of January 2014

Welcome to 2014 and a fresh face for Journal of the American Revolution. The new year came in like a lion with several fantastic articles, many new contributors, a shiny new design of, and, oh yeah, those polar vortexes! Or is it vortices? We anticipate an even more exciting year ahead and hope you’ll […]

by Editors
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Overlooked Wilmington

The city you probably never thought about for its role in the Revolution had a tremendously important role in the conflict.  Boston, Philadelphia, Newport, and New York are well known for their Revolutionary War history.  The smaller southern towns of Williamsburg, Charleston, and Savannah are also recognized for their Revolutionary significance.  Yet one city stands […]

by Robert M. Dunkerly
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The Memory of Revolution and the War of 1812

On June 18, 1812, the United States declared war on Great Britain. American political and military leaders planned to attack the British provinces of Upper and Lower Canada in order to force Britain to redress grievances concerning free trade and maritime rights. Thirty-seven years earlier, in September 1775, the Continental Congress had authorized General Richard […]

by Matt Barrett
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Washington Authorizes Plan to Kidnap Future King

In my recent book, Kidnapping the Enemy:  The Special Operations to Capture Generals Charles Lee and Richard Prescott (Westholme Publishing, 2013), I focus on two of the outstanding kidnappings of the Revolutionary War. The first was the stunning capture of Major General Charles Lee, second-in-command of the Continental army, by Lieutenant Colonel William Harcourt and […]

by Christian McBurney
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Top 10 Women Writers

Although half the population was female, writings by women make up only a small portion of the available literature on the American Revolution. There are, nonetheless, quite a number of published tracts to inform and entertain the researcher seeking a woman’s perspective on the events of the era. This list presents only a few, in […]

by Don N. Hagist
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Lost and Found

You may think that newspapers are only good for news, but advertising is a critical part of their content. Not only does advertising bring in substantial revenue for the publisher, it’s the reason why many people purchase the paper – think about those coupons, classifieds and supplements. For historians, advertising is also an essential part […]

by Todd Andrlik
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The Making of a Loyalist

By 1773, Creek Indians in Georgia had run up debts with traders far larger than any amount they could pay.  The colony pressed the issue on behalf of its traders and worked out a land deal whereby the Creeks made a large tract of land west of Augusta available for settlement.  In return, the colony […]

by Wayne Lynch