Category Archive for: ‘Uncategorized’

  • Benjamin Franklin

    Who was Benjamin Franklin? (1706 – 1790)

    ~ by James Still ~ Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706. At the age of 12, he began an apprenticeship as a printer and later wrote Poor Richard’s Almanack. Franklin helped establish the first Public Hospital and the first volunteer fire department in …

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  • Experiment

    My Experiment (2009 – 2018)

    ~ by James Still ~ Every month for 9 years, I have shared a portion of our American history. In sharing our history, I wanted to see if I could help create more excitement in my community for our Founding history. Could that excitement lead …

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  • BattleofMonmouthNJJune281778

    Battle of Monmouth (1778)

    ~ by James Still ~ In June 1778, the British abandoned Philadelphia and began their march to New York City. The British column stretched for 12 miles and was vulnerable to attack. Washington sent a small force to engage the enemy until he could arrive …

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  • Saratoga

    Franco-American Alliance (1778)

    ~ by James Still ~ Following the American victory at Saratoga, negotiations between French and U.S. Diplomats culminated in the signing of two treaties. The Treaty of Amity and Commerce encouraged trade between France and America. The Treaty of Alliance provided a military alliance against …

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  • Thomas Jefferson

    Separation of Church and State [National] (1802)

    ~ by James Still ~ Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father, author of the Declaration of Independence and America’s third president. In his First Inaugural Address, Jefferson encouraged citizens to be “enlightened by a benign [kind] religion…” and hoped God would, “lead our [government] …

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  • Conspiracy 1783

    The Newburgh Veterans (1783)

    ~ by James Still ~ Ten years after the American Revolution, Elias Boudinot gave a speech on the Fourth of July, reminding his audience of the Newburgh Conspiracy. During the war, soldiers had been fighting and dying for their country while their families were surviving …

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  • First Inauguration1

    First Presidential Inauguration (1789)

    ~ by James Still ~ On April 30, 1789, citizens crowded the streets and rooftops to witness our Nation’s First Presidential Inauguration. Dressed in a dark-brown suit with white silk stockings, George Washington placed his hand on the bible and took the oath of office …

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  • George Washington

    First Presidential Election (1789)

    ~ by James Still ~ On April 6, 1789, as prescribed by the U.S. Constitution, “… [Congress] counted the votes of the electors for President and Vice President of the United States…” George Washington was unanimously voted President and John Adams was voted Vice President. …

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  • Articles Of Confed

    Articles of Confederation: Circular Letter to the States (1777)

    ~ by James Still ~ The Articles of Confederation (and Perpetual Union) was the first Constitution of the United States. Richard Henry Lee wrote, “In this great business, dear Sir, we must yield a little to each other, and not rigidly insist on having everything …

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  • Facebook’s Analytics Tools Latest Abuse of Fourth Amendment

    Some Americans were appalled to learn that the NSA was illegally intercepting US citizens’ phone calls and Internet communications, but for many of us, it was far from surprising. The United States has a long and checkered history of mass surveillance. As far back as …

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