The Second Punic War (218-201 BC): Hannibal Marches Against Rome

second punic war

The thin, alpine air rushes between the two towering mountains dominating the horizon; whipping past you, biting your skin and icing your bones.  When you’re not freezing where you stand, you’re hearing and seeing ghosts; worried that a band of barbarous, war mongering Gauls — eager to plunge their swords into any chest that wanders …

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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 United States enter WW2? The Date America Joins the Party

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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3/5 Compromise: The Definition Clause that Shaped Political Representation

Three-Fifths Compromise

The blazing South Carolinian sun beats down on your lash-scarred back. It’s noon, and the promise of shade and rest is hours away. You have little idea what day it is. Nor does it matter. It’s hot. It was hot yesterday. It will be hot tomorrow.  There is less cotton clinging to the sharp plants …

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