Backstory Behind Founding of the Carolina Colony in 1663, Up Until 1776

The date of the founding of North Carolina by the English is in some dispute. Some argue the birthday is July 13, 1584, when Croatan Indians first encountered English ships commissioned by Sir Walter Raleigh on Roanoke Island. Raleigh himself did not make a voyage to Carolina, despite providing the namesake for the eventual colony's … Continue reading Backstory Behind Founding of the Carolina Colony in 1663, Up Until 1776

George III of England: Mad or Mainly Maligned?

The Declaration of Independence called King George III of England a tyrant unworthy of the British crown. But was he? This documentary explores the question, pointing out that King George III was the first Hanoverian king to win the hearts of his countrymen, precisely because everyone knew he had a mental illness.

Freedom of the Press Established in America With 1730s Peter Zenger Trial

The foundation of freedom of the press in America was laid in the 1730s, when Peter Zenger, a printer and journalist in the colony of New York, published criticism of William Cosby, the colonial governor, as terrible -- arbitrary, tyrannical, greedy and corrupt. Cosby had rigged an election, stole collected taxes, appropriate land of Native Americans, … Continue reading Freedom of the Press Established in America With 1730s Peter Zenger Trial

Religious Movements Were Important in Shaping America in the 18th and 19th Centuries

The United States has been particularly fertile ground for religious movements. In the 18th and 19th centuries, two major waves of religious ferver swept the young nation, followed by the founding of new sects, social movements toward temperance, social justice, reform, and utopian communities. First Great Awakening, from 1730s through the 1740s, emphasizing Puritanism and … Continue reading Religious Movements Were Important in Shaping America in the 18th and 19th Centuries