Categories for American Revolution

Library of Congress’ copy of Madison’s notes on the Virginia Convention, comparing the Declaration of Rights’ committee draft (left) to the final version (right)

American Revolution, History

Forgotten Founders: George Mason, Part 1— 1776

George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton— These are the big six, the famous names we immediately think of as America’s Founding Fathers. They were… Read More

February 1773 Boston Evening-Post

American Revolution, History

American Ephemera: Newspapers

You will see by the Newspapers, which I from time to time inclose, with what Rapidity, the Colonies proceed in their political Maneuvres. – John Adams letter to Abigail Adams,… Read More

June 1775 Boston broadside containing a Loyalist account of the Battle of Bunker Hill.

American Revolution, History

American Ephemera: Broadsides

The Congress have judged it necessary to dissolve the Connection between Great Britain and the American Colonies, and to declare them free & independent States; as you will perceive by… Read More

New edition of Common Sense with Paine’s additions, published by the Bradfords in mid-February 1776.

American Revolution, History

American Ephemera: Pamphlets

My countrymen… will come reluctantly into the idea of independency, but time and persecution brings many wonderful things to pass; and by private letters which I have lately received from… Read More

Library of Congress’ copy of the Dunlap broadside of the Declaration of Independence

American Revolution, History

American Ephemera: History as it Happened

What do we mean by the revolution? The war? That was no part of the revolution; it was only an effect and consequence of it. The revolution was in the… Read More