Paul Revere and his midnight ride—immortalized as the harbinger of the dramatic escalation of the American colonial rebellion against the British Empire—has been celebrated in tales and songs throughout the centuries. But what really happened on April 18, 1775? Experts shed light on the legendary ride and the man behind it, revealing the fascinating life of a fabled national hero who witnessed the birth of a nation.
The Founders articulated a vision for a new republic—first in the Declaration of Independence and then carried out in the Constitution—that reflected their beliefs in natural rights, limited government, and religious freedom. But today, the careful framework that ushered in two centuries of American prosperity is eroding. One of America’s most celebrated political writers discusses how the nation can reaffirm its foundational tenets.
Nationalism can help foster a sense of belonging and identity, but it has increasingly become weaponized across the globe as a dividing force. Surveying ideas contained in essential written works from the past 400 years, experts illuminate how the pursuit of liberty forged the American identity and continues to define a truer, more inspiring form of American nationalism.
Was the Electoral College designed as a pro-slavery ploy to place undue influence in the hands of slaveholding states? Using historical sources and precedents, experts debate both sides: that the College was put in place as a reasonable alternative to direct election of a president versus an effort by the founders to accommodate slavery.
Thomas Jefferson is best known as our third president and the primary draftsman of the Declaration of Independence, but what influences in his life led him to embrace the democratic principles that would be the foundation of a young American Republic? Historians uncover the ideals and complexities of one of the most contentiously debated Founding Fathers in our history.
The Spanish-American War of 1898 lasted only a few months’ time, but it had an indelible influence on America’s place on the world stage. Discover this important moment in history through the lens of the most famous regiment of the era: the Rough Riders, a crew of volunteer soldiers led by an ambitious colonel named Theodore Roosevelt.