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Social, Economic, and Spiritual Changes in Revolution-Era America

| Friday, August 1st, 2014

In April 1775, the American Revolution began on the battlefields of Lexington, Massachusetts, after years of tension with Great Britain. It is easy to attribute the start of the war to merely discontent with British tax policy, and the lack of colonial representation in the British parliament. However, the American Revolution became a deeply personal […]

Slaves and Women in 1700s Virginia

| Saturday, July 26th, 2014

As the infant colony of Virginia aged, an extremely wealthy gentry class emerged. These landowning white men rapidly changed the physical landscape around them. The wealthiest planters cleared acres of land to plant soil-destroying tobacco, and erected large, extravagant mansions.  Along with this change came the formation of race and class distinctions in society, with […]

The Debunking and Limits of American Mythology

| Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Every country has its own folklore, and the United States of America is no different. These myths shape our national identity and create a rough outline of our history.  Americans can connect with other Americans living thousands of miles away through the common knowledge of these myths.  While myths are captivating, they can only show […]