Probably what has deterred me from more curiosity about George Washington is that he has so often been portrayed as a plaster saint rather than a real live human with feet of clay. One cannot really appreciate his greatness without first recognizing his perceived faults. His flaws bring him down to earth, to real life. … Continue reading New Assessments of George Washington Reject the Plaster Saint
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
John Green in Crash Course European History has talked "a lot about kings, and queens, and wars, and religious upheaval for most of this series, but let's take a moment to zoom out, and look at the ways that individuals' lives were changing in the time span we've covered so far. Some people's lives were … Continue reading Europe Between 1500-1750: Commerce, Agriculture, and Slavery
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.
"John Green teaches you about the American Revolution. And the Revolutionary War. I know we've labored the point here, but they weren't the same thing. In any case, John will teach you about the major battles of the war, and discuss the strategies on both sides. Everyone is familiar with how this war played out … Continue reading Prelude Or Events Leading Up to the American Revolution