Les Sans-Culottes: Marat’s Heart and Soul of the French Revolution

Sans-Culottes

The sans-culottes, the name for the commoners that fought against the monarchy during the rebellion, were arguably the heart and soul of the French Revolution.  With their name derived from their choice in apparel — loose fitting pantaloons, wooden shoes, and red liberty caps — they were workers, artisans, and shopkeepers; patriotic, uncompromising, egalitarian, and, …

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The Whiskey Rebellion of 1794: The First Government Tax on a New Nation

Whiskey Rebellion

Near the banks of the river, mosquitoes swarm, flying about your head, threatening to plunge into your skin.  Standing where the slow slope of your eight-acre farm meets the Allegheny River, your eyes pass over the buildings your neighbors call home, searching.  Your view of town — which, in the next few years, will be …

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Battle of Camden: Significance, Dates, and Results

Battle of Camden

Benjamin Alsop breathed in the thick, wet, South Carolinian air.  It was so heavy he could almost reach out and grab it. His body was covered in sweat, and it made the scratchy wool of his uniform rub angrily against his skin. Everything was sticky. Each step forward on the march was more difficult than …

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When, Why, and How did the US enter WW2

When did the US enter ww2?

It’s September 3rd, 1939. The late summer sun is making one of its final descents, but the air remains heavy and warm. You’re sitting at the kitchen table, reading the Sunday Times. Your wife, Caroline, is in the kitchen, preparing the Sunday meal. Your three sons are on the street below, playing. There was a …

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Corps of Discovery: The Lewis and Clark Expedition Timeline and Trail Route

Lewis and Clark Expedition

A cool spring breeze whispers through the tall trees. The waves of the Mississippi River lap lazily against the bow of the boat — the one you helped to design.  There are no maps to guide you and your party, for what lies ahead. It is land unknown and should you continue deeper in, that …

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The Paradoxical President: Re-imagining Abraham Lincoln

The Paradoxical President: Re-imagining Abraham Lincoln 1

Every February, American children from all over their country are treated to the dusty facts regarding the sixteenth president of the United States — that of good ol’ Abe Lincoln, he of simple beginnings and Civil War stewardship. The guy was tall; he freed the slaves; he was killed while attending a theater performance. What …

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