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An 1877 print called ‘Concord - The First Blow For Liberty,’ showing American patriots going off to fight the British on April 19, 1775. Print Collector/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

How fake foreign news fed political fervor and led to the American Revolution

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. H. Bucholzer via Library of Congress

Canada has long feared the chaos of US politics

‘Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness’ were the founding principles of the US. In Canada, the goals are ‘Peace, Order, and good Government.’
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

Refugees after the American Revolution needed money, homes and acceptance

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.
Coffins of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani and others are carried on a truck surrounded by mourners. Majid Saeedi via Getty Images

Large turnouts for Soleimani’s funeral in Iran carry powerful collective emotions – just as Americans saw during the colonial era

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. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Is the United States on the brink of a revolution?

The United States is exhibiting several of the signs that have historically resulted in uprisings and revolutions. Is another American revolution looming?
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. William Hogarth

America looks hopeless – a lot like the ‘mother country’ once did

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. AP Photo/David Goldman

What it means to be a Christian in America today

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. U.S. Army

How the US government created and coddled the gun industry

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.

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