Washington at his Inauguration with members of the First Congress
American History

The First Congress of the United States: The Bill of Rights and War Debt

September 25, 2020

When the first Congress of the United States met, it was faced with a complex situation: the states were afraid of an over-powerful federal government, and the federal government wanted to be free to implement its own financial policies. To allay the fears of the states, first Congress of the United States passed 10 amendments to the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights. […]

A portrait of Alexander Hamilton.
American History

Post-American Revolution: The Birth of New Thinking

September 12, 2020

Beside and around the generation of the old revolutionaries was the leading edge of a new generation. This generation remembered little or nothing of the Stamp Act or the French and Indian War, for this generation preferred the nation over the state. […]

A stone monument in Sheffield, Massachusetts, commemorating the final battle of Shays' Rebellion.
American History

Post-American Revolution America

September 12, 2020

The Congress and the United states were hopelessly in debt by the end of the Revolution. And their problems were further exacerbated by the infighting and the rebellions. […]

The flag of the Confederate states of America with thirteen stars in a circle within a blue square box on the top-left corner, a red stripe across the top of the flag, from the blue box till the end, a white stripe in the middle, and another red stripe covering the entire bottom section.
American History

Braxton Bragg: The Key Figure in the Kentucky Campaign

September 12, 2020

What were the circumstances under which Braxton Bragg was given command of the Confederate forces that were tasked with mounting the Kentucky campaign in August and September of 1862? Was Bragg the right choice? […]

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