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The One Big Mystery?

What’s the one unanswered question about the American Revolution you’d most like answered? Put another way, what’s one remaining mystery of the Revolution that you’d most like solved?   Did General Washington order New York City burned in 1776? There is evidence that he discussed it. But no definite proof that he gave the order. […]

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2014 Conference on the American Revolution

This past weekend, scores of professional and amateur historians converged in Williamsburg, Virginia, for the 3rd Annual Conference on the American Revolution, a three-day event hosted by America’s History, LLC. Journal of the American Revolution (JAR) Editors Todd Andrlik and Don Hagist were among the conference speakers, which included: Edward G. Lengel: “Philadelphia is the […]

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Top 10 Articles of February 2014

A belated happy Valentine’s Day to all our loyal readers! We hope you enjoyed our action-packed month of articles, which included gripping features about battles, retreats, espionage, mobs, drugs, ambushes, massacres and, oh yeah, our first celebrity interview (Hal Stalmaster, the actor who played Johnny Tremain in the Disney film). Below our the 10 most […]

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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 allthingsliberty.com, and, oh yeah, those polar vortexes! Or is it vortices? We anticipate an even more exciting year ahead and hope you’ll […]

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The Time Travel Question

If you could time travel and visit any American city/colony/state for one year between 1763 and 1783, which city/colony/state and year would you choose? Why?   Blessed by 30 years of genealogical research performed by my mother, I actually lay claim to personal connections in all sorts of places in the colonies. However, the one […]

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Needs Further Exploration?

What aspects of or questions regarding the American Revolution need to be further explored by historians?   All of them. I think a return to primary sources and close comparison to modern secondary sources yields some extremely interesting results in the evolution of modern history. Should much of what is now considered history be consigned […]

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Washington’s Biggest Blunder?

In your opinion, what was George Washington’s biggest blunder of the war? Its impact, if any?   Washington’s whole approach to the defense of New York was one of history’s great debacles: lack of imagination about the British landing, failure to supervise subordinates in preparing the Brooklyn defenses, boxing himself into Brooklyn Heights with no […]

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Before Washington: The Revolution’s First Commander-in-Chief

On June 14, 1775, the Second Continental Congress officially announced the creation of the Continental Army, a military force representing all of the colonies resisting British authority in North America. The following day the Congress named the army’s commander. George Washington, a planter and Congressional delegate from Virginia, would become the commander-in-chief, taking command of […]

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New Book Sets Benchmark for Style, Substance

New History Book Loaded with Fascinating Discoveries, Expert Analysis on American Revolution; The Revolutionary War is Remarkably Presented in this Compilation of 60 Essays by 20 Historians We are treating today as our official launch day with books immediately available via the publisher’s website and via the publisher’s Amazon marketplace. Those who buy direct from […]

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RevWar Schmoozer Boston: Nov. 8, 2013

Mark your calendars! The RevWar Schmoozer (Boston) event is confirmed for Friday, November 8, upstairs at The Point (147 Hanover St.) from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The space is reserved exclusively for this event. Join fellow history professionals and amateurs for a fun evening of sipping, schmoozing and storytelling. Historians, authors, museum execs, publishers, literary […]

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Top 10 Most Popular Articles in October 2013

October was a month of many amazing milestones for us. We surpassed 250,000 readers, 1000 comments and 200 articles. We also sent our first collector’s hardcover edition to the printer (read the official press announcement). If you’ve enjoyed the 100% free daily content we’ve been providing since January, please show your support by buying a […]

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“Congress Does Not Trust Me. I Cannot Continue Thus.”

“Congress Does Not Trust Me. I Cannot Continue Thus.” These are two of the most important sentences George Washington ever spoke. Almost instantly they destroyed a plot aimed at ruining his reputation and forcing him into humiliated retirement. At least as important, the words marked the big Virginian’s emergence as a political leader with talents […]

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Best American Revolution Book Ever

Groundbreaking New Book About American Revolution Debunks Myths, Addresses Unanswered Questions in Remarkable Style New “Edutaining” History Book Loaded with Fascinating Discoveries and Expert Analysis of American Revolution. The Revolutionary War is Exceptionally Presented in this Compilation of 60 Essays by 20 Historians. Okay, best ever might be a stretch, but we are thrilled to […]

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Most Overrated Revolutionary?

John Paul Jones. A good ship captain and tenacious fighter but an abysmally bad squadron commander and a tireless self-promoter and schemer, who was deservedly disliked by subordinates and peers and who certainly does not warrant the title “Father of the United States Navy.” –Dennis M. Conrad   Tough question—most of the characters are forgotten, […]

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Most Underrated Revolutionary?

While Nathanael Greene is getting greater recognition, I believe his contributions are still undervalued because the American cause in the South was on “life support” when he assumed command in 1780 and in less than a year and with virtually no outside material or manpower support, he redeemed it. –Dennis M. Conrad   All are […]

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Top 10 Articles in August 2013

It has been a wild month for Journal of the American Revolution. Don N. Hagist, author of British Soldiers, American War, officially joined our team as an editor. And thanks to our recent article about the ages of Founding Fathers going viral, we had 90,000 readers in August! TIME, Slate, Washington Post, Bloomberg, UPI, MSNBC, […]

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Remembering Pauline Maier (1938-2013)

The history community was struck Monday morning with the sad news of Pauline Maier’s passing. She was a preeminent scholar of the American Revolution. Memories and condolences were instantly circulated by thousands on Twitter, followed by numerous blogs that reflected on Maier’s impact and legacy.  The discussion network H-NET published an obituary, authored by close […]

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Top 10 Most Popular Articles in July 2013

Journal of the American Revolution (#allthingsliberty) continues its exciting momentum. In addition to the outstanding contributions published at allthingsliberty.com the past 30 days, we have aggressively moved forward with our hard-cover collector’s edition. To make room for several outstanding exclusive articles in the commemorative print volume, we have upped the page count 25 percent! The […]

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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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Special Limited Print Edition in the Works

Get your holiday shopping lists ready. A very special limited PRINT edition of Journal of the American Revolution will be available to our readers this November! The folks behind allthingsliberty.com have joined forces with Ertel Publishing, the former publisher of American Revolution magazine, to produce a special commemorative volume. The details of the print edition […]

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Top 10 Most Popular Articles in May 2013

Journal of the American Revolution (#allthingsliberty) reached its 100-article milestone in May, unofficially coming of age in the world of online publishing.  Almost every weekday for 20 straight weeks, we have published entertaining and educational content about the most important event in American history. If you’re one of our loyal readers, spending an average of […]

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Top 10 Most Popular Articles in April 2013

Today is our 83-article anniversary! Almost every weekday for 16 straight weeks, Journal of the American Revolution (#allthingsliberty) has published exclusive and exciting content about the most important event in American history. Below are the most popular articles published during the month of April as well as the top three ever (since our launch in […]

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Spring Break Road Trip – Day 4 (MD, VA)

After an early morning drive-by of multiple Maryland monuments and historical sites, we focused our attention on Virginia. Whoever said doing Mount Vernon and Colonial Williamsburg in one day was impossible never drove a Porsche Cayenne. George Washington’s estate opens at 8 am, Colonial Williamsburg closes at 5 pm, and they are separated by a […]

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Spring Break Road Trip – Day 2 (CT, NY, NJ)

After sleeping in a bit, today’s first stop is “Ye Most Ancient Towne” in Connecticut – Wethersfield (see video below), which was founded in 1633-34 and boasts 300 historic homes (50 built before the American Revolution)!  The highlight of our stop is sure to be the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum:  “The 1752 Joseph Webb House served as […]

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