Tag Archives: American Revolution

Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Whites of their Eyes”


The Whites of their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle over American History. By Jill Lepore. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010. There is a war being waged over American history. Sorry if you weren’t aware of it, … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Independence”


Independence: The Struggle to Set America Free. By John Ferling. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2012. Writer John Ferling, has a knack for writing engaging, reflective, and insightful historical narratives. In Independence: The Struggle to Set America Free he tackles the process … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Moravian Community in Colonial North Carolina”


The Moravian Community in Colonial North Carolina: Pluralism on the Southern Frontier. By Daniel B. Thorp. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1989. I’m not at all certain that historians should use the term “pluralism” when characterizing the Moravians of colonial … Continue reading

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Are There No Great Movies about the American Revolution?


I have been watching the AMC series, “Turn: Washington’s Spies,” of late. This series is based on a fine book, Alexander Rose’s Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring (2006), which is both informative and exciting to read. This … Continue reading

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Meeting Jesse Lemisch: Historian of the American Revolution, Critic of the Status Quo, and Social Activist Par Excellence


I was truly honored to meet Jesse Lemisch at the American Historical Association annual meeting in New York over the past weekend. My partner, Monique Laney, took this picture of us. I suspect that many people at the reception did … Continue reading

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America and the Cult of Conspiracy


Americans certainly, and perhaps all the cultures of the world, love the idea of conspiracy as an explanation of how and why many events have happened. It plays to their innermost fears and hostilities that there is a well-organized, well-financed, … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different”


Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different. By Gordon S. Wood. New York: Penguin Press, 2006. This book is an engrossing account of the formation of the United States by one of the most sophisticated and celebrated historians of our … Continue reading

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How Revolutionary was the American Revolution?


This is a favorite question on Ph.D. comprehensive examinations. In fact, I had one professor on my committee who embraced this approach and asked me a succession of similar questions: How new was the New Deal? How great was the … Continue reading

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Conspiracies R Us: “Birthers” and the Wingnuttia Universe


In a recent on-line chat Washington Post reporter Ben Pershing was asked why the “birther” conspiracy arguing that President Obama was not a natural born U.S. citizen has any saliency in the media. His response was inane: “Perhaps because there … Continue reading

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