Year: 2024

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This Week on Dispatches: Linda J. Rice and Teaching Young People about the American Revolution Through Literature

On this week’s Dispatches, host Brady Crytzer interviews author and educator, Linda J. Rice, the James S. Reid / Standard Products Professor of Humanities and Professor of English at Ohio University, about using Newbery Award-winning books to teach students about the American Revolution. New episodes of Dispatches are available for free every Saturday evening (Eastern […]

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Christopher Gadsden and the Origins of a Revolutionary

Christopher Gadsden arrived as a South Carolina delegate to the Second Continental Congress three weeks after fighting at Lexington and Concord lit the tinder for the American Revolution. He succinctly captured the backlash of collective anxiety when he created the iconic flag of a coiled and agitated rattlesnake conspicuously warning Britain of the ramifications with […]

by George Burkes
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This Week on Dispatches: David Otersen on Parliament’s Perspective on the American Revolution

On this week’s Dispatches, host Brady Crytzer interviews JAR contributor David Otersen on Parliament’s reaction to the American contention that they were not subject to the legislative authority of Great Britain, a bedrock principle of eighteenth-century British constitutionalism. New episodes of Dispatches are available for free every Saturday evening (Eastern United States Time) on iTunes, Stitcher, […]

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Our Favorite Quotations About the Declaration of Independence

We asked our contributors for their favorite quotation about the Declaration of Independence, by a person who was alive when it was announced. David Price John Haslet, officer in the Delaware Regiment: “I congratulate you, sir, on this important day, which restores to every American his birthright—a day which every freeman will record with gratitude, […]

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Franklin

TELEVISION REVIEW: Franklin. Directed by Tim Van Patten. Written by Kirk Ellis and Howard Korder. Featuring Michael Douglas, Noah Jupe, Daniel Mays, and Eddie Marsan. Released April 12–May 17, 2024. Apple TV+. Franklin, as a television miniseries, is well done. Rarely do we see this time period—the eighteenth century—televised. This eight-hour program has spectacular production […]

by Al Dickenson
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The Story of Isaac Bissell—and the Legend of Israel Bissell

In April 1775, Isaac Bissell was a crucial link between the Patriots of Massachusetts and the government of neighboring Connecticut. His actions contributed to alerting many communities along the Atlantic coast about the outbreak of war in Lexington. Nevertheless, through a chain of circumstances, Isaac Bissell’s name has been overwritten in history books.[1] This story […]

by J. L. Bell
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This Week on Dispatches: Jason Cherry on William Trent

On this week’s Dispatches, host Brady Crytzer interviews historian and author Jason Cherry on his new book, William Trent: Factor of Ambition. New episodes of Dispatches are available for free every Saturday evening (Eastern United States Time) on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Amazon Music, and the JAR Dispatches web site. Dispatches can now be easily accessed on the […]

by Brady J. Crytzer
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William Trent: Factor of Ambition

BOOK REVIEW: William Trent: Factor of Ambition by Jason A. Cherry. (Mechanicsburg, PA: Sunberry Press, 2024. $34.95 Paper) Independent historian Jason A. Cherry has turned an interest in the activities of an unfamiliar western merchant during the antebellum colonial period into a fascinating and interesting book. His biography William Trent: Factor of Ambition details the […]

by Timothy Symington
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John Warren’s Loss of His Brother Joseph Warren

On Saturday, June 17, 1775, Abigail Adams and her seven-year-old son, John Quincy, stood on Penn’s Hill near her home in Braintree, Massachusetts. They watched sulfuric smoke cloud the sky and heard cannon thunder across Boston Harbor from British ships in the Mystic and Charles Rivers bombarding colonial forces who had built a redoubt on […]

by Salina B. Baker
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Fighting in the Shadowlands: Loyalist Colonel Thomas Waters and the Southern Strategy

Thomas Waters of Georgia was present in crucial events of the American Revolution in Georgia and South Carolina. He represented as an individual the problems of class and conscience affected by British efforts to restore the rebelling Southern colonies by “Americanizing” the war, what has been called the Southern Strategy. After 1778, the King’s ministers […]

by Robert Scott Davis
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Eight Clues: Recovering a Life in Fragments, Arthur Bowler in Slavery and Freedom

In January 1792 forty-three-year-old Arthur Bowler left Halifax, Nova Scotia, on his second Transatlantic journey. Captured in Africa almost thirty years earlier, enslaved in Newport, Rhode Island, for nearly twenty years, a free man for ten, he was returning to Africa. He left fragmentary clues buried in archives on three continents which illuminate an “ordinary” […]

by Jane Lancaster
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This Week on Dispatches: William Caldwell on Isaac Shelby, Patrick Ferguson, and the Power of a Good Story

On this week’s Dispatches, host Brady Crytzer interviews historian and JAR contributor William Caldwell on Patrick Ferguson and what he supposedly said in the run-up to the Battle of Kings Mountain. New episodes of Dispatches are available for free every Saturday evening (Eastern United States Time) on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Amazon Music, and the JAR Dispatches web […]

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France Pays Tribute to Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin died at his home in Philadelphia at eleven o’clock p.m. on April 17, 1790; he was eighty-four years old. On June 4, Benjamin Vaughan, a doctor, Member of Parliament and friend of Franklin, wrote to the Duc de la Rochefoucauld, another friend of Franklin. In his letter that arrived on June 10, he […]

by Bob Ruppert
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This Week on Dispatches: David Price on Albigence Waldo and Valley Forge

On this week’s Dispatches, host Brady Crytzer interviews historian, author, and JAR contributor David Price about the important diary of Albigence Waldo that provides important information about Valley Forge and the Continental army. New episodes of Dispatches are available for free every Saturday evening (Eastern United States Time) on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Amazon Music, and […]

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Antiquity and Loyalist Dissent in Revolutionary America, 1765–1776

BOOK REVIEW: Antiquity and Loyalist Dissent in Revolutionary America, 1765-1776 by Daniel R. Moy (Anthem Press, 2024. $110.00) Daniel R. Moy’s Antiquity and Loyalist Dissent in Revolutionary America attempts to analyze ideological warfare between Whigs and Tories, with particular attention to ancient Greco-Roman and Mediterranean influences. Moy, currently a lecturer at the University of Virginia […]

by Kelsey DeFord
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This Week on Dispatches: Timothy Symington discusses his new Book, Huzzah! Toasts

On this week’s Dispatches, host Brady Crytzer interviews JAR contributor Timothy Symington about his new book, “Huzza!” Toasting a New Nation, 1760–1815. New episodes of Dispatches are available for free every Saturday evening (Eastern United States Time) on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Amazon Music, and the JAR Dispatches web site. Dispatches can now be easily accessed on the […]

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This Week on Dispatches: Tom Hogan on the Milford, Connecticut, Cartel

On this week’s Dispatches, host Brady Crytzer interviews historian and JAR contributor Tom Hogan on his research into the fate of the American prisoners known as the “Milford Cartel.” New episodes of Dispatches are available for free every Saturday evening (Eastern United States Time) on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Amazon Music, and the JAR Dispatches web site. Dispatches […]

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A Revolutionary Friendship: Washington, Jefferson, and the American Republic

BOOK REVIEW: A Revolutionary Friendship: Washington, Jefferson, and the American Republic by Francis D. Cogliano (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2024. $37.95 Cloth) Comparative founder profiles are a crowded book genre with numerous volumes depicting any combination of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin as rivals, friends, or brothers. Professor […]

by Gene Procknow
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Ten Causes of the Miscarriages in Canada: Why the 1775–1776 Invasion Failed

The once-promising Continental invasion of Canada was clearly headed for disaster by May 1776. With British forces chasing the American Army out of the Province of Quebec, Continental leaders started grappling with the fact that their ten-month strategic offensive in the north had failed. Canada would not be joining the Continental Congress as a fourteenth […]

by Mark R. Anderson