An 1877 print called ‘Concord - The First Blow For Liberty,’ showing American patriots going off to fight the British on April 19, 1775.
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Fuel for the American Revolution came from a source familiar today: distorted news reports used to drum up enthusiasm for overthrowing an illegitimate government.
Anti-Catholic riots, like this one in Philadelphia in 1844, worried Canadians.
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‘Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness’ were the founding principles of the US. In Canada, the goals are ‘Peace, Order, and good Government.’
Protests against mandates and quarantines get the Founding Fathers’ ideas wrong.
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The Founding Fathers were unrelenting in their commitment to the idea that circumstances can arise that require public officials to take actions abridging individual freedoms.
The first reading of the Declaration of Independence in Boston, July 18, 1776.
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In the summer of 1776, Boston offered smallpox inoculation to everyone and required those who declined to leave town or stay in their homes.
An allegorical painting depicted the British Empire taking in American loyalists in 1783.
Benjamin West’s portrait of John Eardley Wilmot, 1812. Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
When people fled the new United States in the 18th century, they were taken in by the British Empire but became disillusioned by unfulfilled British promises.
The U.S. military is handing the keys over to Afghan forces.
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For much of the country’s history, Americans won their wars decisively, with the complete surrender of enemy forces and the home front’s perception of total victory.
Fireworks shows commonly celebrate the nation’s birthday.
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A scholar of early US history celebrates the country’s birthday with six under-appreciated ideas about the founding document.
Farewell to a ‘Patriot’, Trump supporters saluting at a memorial for Ashli Babbitt, who was shot and killed during the riot at the US Capitol on January 6.
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The word ‘patriot’ has a particular meaning to many Americans. But some of them took their idea of patriotism a bit far on January 6.
Coffins of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani and others are carried on a truck surrounded by mourners.
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Iranian leaders seem eager to use the powerful emotions surrounding his death to coalesce power around the regime. History shows that mass mourning is a powerful way to bring people together.
Participants in the Women’s March gather near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington in January 2018.
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The United States is exhibiting several of the signs that have historically resulted in uprisings and revolutions. Is another American revolution looming?
Washington is getting ready for Donald Trump’s big show.
The Declaration of Independence was not greeted with universal acclaim and many Americans stayed loyal to the crown.
George Washington faced many challenges regarding his teeth.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
As we celebrate the nation’s founding, it’s a good time to note the heroism of George Washington. The British were a pain, to be sure, but what really caused him trouble were his teeth.
Hoda Muthana and child during an interview with ‘CBS This Morning.’
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Like today’s Western women who joined ISIS and now want to return home, American women with British sympathies during the Revolution left the country – but many tried to bring their families back.
U.S. approval of making blueprints for 3D-printed guns available online has sparked an uproar.
AP Photo/Matthew Daly
A battle over the Second Amendment is exactly the wrong way to think about the government’s role in the firearms industry.
Gin Lane, a scene of urban desolation with gin-crazed Londoners; a woman lets her child fall to its death and an emaciated ballad-seller.
When the U.S. broke away from the “mother country,” the dream was to let the common good overruled selfish and private interests. Yet the federal government is arranged so this can never occur.
Young people hold hands for a prayer during a gathering at sunset outside the Christian Fellowship Church in Benton, Kentucky.
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Americans have debated what it means to be Christian in politics throughout their history. Those debates continue today.
A U.S. soldier fires a Colt M16 in Vietnam in 1967.
While advocates of gun control may feel powerless in the wake of mass shootings like the one in Las Vegas, the history of government support for the industry shows Americans have more sway than they think.
Can Liverpool’s new metro mayor prolong his reign by heeding lessons from 18th-century American revolutionary politicians?
The crosses at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in France.
Writings at the time of WWI aimed to construct a religiously diverse and conflicted America into a virtuous, Christian nation. This narrative continued in the cemeteries for the war heroes.
President Ronald Reagan on stage with his wife Nancy, 1984.
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Trump’s budget would eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities, breaking a tradition of funding humanities scholarship that goes back to the nation’s founding.