‘Hamilton’ Musical Now Available for Everyone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSCKfXpAGHc The stage version of the blockbuster Broadway musical "Hamilton" -- available live in New York for $600 or more per ticket -- is now accessible to the masses. Debuting July 3, 2020 on the Disney Plus streaming channel for $6.99, it is already creating buzz on social media, particularly on Twitter under the hashtag … Continue reading ‘Hamilton’ Musical Now Available for Everyone

‘Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic’

"Where did the ideas come from that became the cornerstone of American democracy? America’s founders intended to liberate us not just from one king but from the ghostly tyranny of supernatural religion. Drawing deeply on the study of European philosophy, Matthew Stewart brilliantly tracks the ancient, pagan, and continental ideas from which America’s revolutionaries drew … Continue reading ‘Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic’

New Assessments of George Washington Reject the Plaster Saint

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

Alexander Hamilton and the Federalist Papers Are Resurrected During Trump Impeachment

US founder and famous federalist Alexander Hamilton has been front and center during the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Both supporters and opponents of impeachment are quoting from Hamilton's Federalist Papers 232 years after he published them. The writings were originally distributed to persuade the public to support ratification of the US Constitution, replacing the … Continue reading Alexander Hamilton and the Federalist Papers Are Resurrected During Trump Impeachment

ICivics Charts ‘Road to the Constitution’ for Students

ICivics, an educational non-profit, has created lessons on the "Road to the Constitution," primarily for middle school and high school students: "How did we go from thirteen British colonies to the United States of America? Explore the major hardships of life under British rule, how the colonists decided to break away, and how they set … Continue reading ICivics Charts ‘Road to the Constitution’ for Students

British and American Life in the 1700s, As Revealed in Family Lore from Supreme Court Justice James Iredell

In my last post on the Edenton, NC Tea Party organized by women, I mentioned that Arthur Iredell sarcastically wrote his brother James Iredell, who would later become one of the first US Supreme Court justices, how unimpressed he was that men like Jamie had been so weak as to allow the ladies of the … Continue reading British and American Life in the 1700s, As Revealed in Family Lore from Supreme Court Justice James Iredell

The Original Evil Corporation: When A Private British Company Ruled India

Waterstones: "However powerful Facebook or Google are today, they'd have to have a nuclear strike force to be as powerful as the East India Company was in the early 19th century.' William Dalrymple's fascinating new book, “The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company” was one of the best-reviewed histories of 2019. UK Guardian: "How … Continue reading The Original Evil Corporation: When A Private British Company Ruled India

Scotch-Irish, Including Andrew Jackson and Obama’s Protestant Ancestors, Helped Shape America

Forged in Ulster: During his visit to Belfast, Northern Ireland, en route to the G8 summit in Enniskillen, US President Barack Obama talked a little bit about how Ulster immigrants had a large impact on American history & culture. In an interview with the New Yorker magazine in Nov 2016 President Obama said: “I’m half … Continue reading Scotch-Irish, Including Andrew Jackson and Obama’s Protestant Ancestors, Helped Shape America

King George III’s Proclamation of 1763 and Announcements of Taxes in Colonies

George III was King of Great Britain and King of Ireland from 25 October 1760 until the union of the two countries on 1 January 1801, after which he was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland until his death in 1820. He was king of the American colonies until the Declaration of … Continue reading King George III’s Proclamation of 1763 and Announcements of Taxes in Colonies