Month: August 2015

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Top 10 Articles of August 2015

In August, Journal of the American Revolution welcomed five new writers: Ken Daigler, Rich Wood, Travis Martin, Janet Wedge and Erin Weinman. Since our launch in January 2013, we’ve published more than 635 articles by 101 expert authors. That’s easily more than 1.5 million words about the American Revolution! Another impressive stat: The site,, has had 1.4 million unique readers […]

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Thomas Jefferson, Scientist

When people think about Thomas Jefferson, they think of a founding father, an advocate of liberty, and an American Patriot. But what people don’t normally think about is Thomas Jefferson’s scientific mind. Jefferson was a man who explored anything and everything that attracted his interest. He took it upon himself to value knowledge above almost […]

by Travis Martin
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For to Cure for the Etch

Among other communicable diseases, the itch was common in military installations of the eighteenth century. Unlike smallpox and typhus, the itch was not in itself fatal, but was stressful and debilitating to soldiers and sailors on both sides of the conflict in the American Revolution. Today the distressing malady is known as scabies, “a disease […]

by Rich Wood
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General Washington’s Appeal for a Federal Government

Most professional and amateur historians of the American Revolutionary period are very aware of George Washington’s prowess as a military commander of the Continental Army, his role at the Constitutional Convention and his performance as the United States’ first chief executive.  Unfortunately, many have overlooked Washington’s significant role, while he was still commander of the […]

by T. J. Johnson
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Contributor Close-up: Michael Barbieri

About Michael Barbieri: A life-long Vermonter, Mike has spent forty years researching and interpreting the Revolution with a concentration on the northern theater. He has taught history at high school and college levels and has given innumerable presentations on the 18th century. In 1974, Mike helped form Whitcomb’s Rangers and subsequently based his master’s thesis […]

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The Shakers and the American Revolution

The Shakers reached their heyday in the nineteenth century, when they lived in orderly communities, membership swelled to five thousand believers, and many non-Shakers visited them and praised their modesty, neatness, and productivity. But Shakerism in America began against the backdrop of the Revolutionary War, and during that time the group of celibate and intensely […]

by Joseph Manca