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Novanglus Essay No. 2 – John Adams

Adams will pursue all the dark intrigues and wicked machinations and show the rise and progress of British schemes for enslaving this country.

Magna Charta, Epilogue

Background of the American Revolution The barons force King John to sign the Magna Charta, June 15, 1215. Troubles await. The ravenous and barbarous mercenaries, incited...

American Life: Military Laboratory, Arms and Supplies

American Life Military Laboratory, of Philadelphia, lists military arms and supplies available to the public in the new republic. Clayton Cramer notes that all these...

The Battle of Lexington

The American Revolution Isiah Thomas, for the Massachusetts Spy, publishes an account of the Battle of Lexington. We have pleasure to say, that notwithstanding the highest...

A Political Reverie

A Political Reverie. ————— As fairy forms, the elfin airy train, And sylphs, sometimes molest the learned brain, Delusive dreams the matron’s bosom swell, And, ancient maids, the fancied...

Mercy Otis Warren—John Adams (1775)

American Correspondence Shortly after the start of the Second Continental Congress, Mercy Otis Warren writes to John Adams. I am more and more convinced, of the...

Oath of Secrecy

Background of the American Revolution In prepartion for war, the members of the Second Continental Congress bind themselves to secrecy. … and that if any member...

The Liberty Song

Background of the American Revolution Following the Massachusetts Legislature’s refusal to rescind a circular letter written by James Otis, John Dickenson, along with Arthur Lee,...

Samuel Adams—Vindex (December 5, 1768)

Background of the American Revolution Samuel Adams—in his typical style—questions the wisdom of quartering troops among the civil population. But, to be called to account by...

Pennsylvania Militia Act of 1755

THE AMERICANIST, BACKGROUND OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION Benjamin Franklin—following the defeat of General Braddock at Monongahela, July 9, 1755—writes an act to defend Pennsylvania. The...

Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men – John Witherspoon

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS John Witherspoon (1723–1794). Born in Scotland and educated at Edinburgh, Witherspoon came to America in 1768 to be president...

A Narrative of the Late Massacre

Background of the American Revolution Following an incident in Boston, the selectmen of the town order a report sent to England. I have been in constant...

John Adams—What Was the Revolution?

American Correspondence Following his presidency, John Adams—in a letter to Baltimore publisher, Hezikiah Niles—recalls the events surrounding the American Revolution. But what do we mean by...

Henry Cumings, a Sermon Preached At Lexington On the 19th of April

Called Unto Liberty, Henry Cummings: 1781, Founding Era Sermons Henry Cumings (1739–1823). One of the ablest men of his time, Cumings was graduated with the...

Jacob Cushing, Divine Judgments Upon Tyrants

Called Unto Liberty, Jacob Cushing: 1778, Founding Era Sermons Jacob Cushing (1729/30–1809) was born in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard College in 1748, where...

Anonymous, A Constitutional Answer to Wesley’s Calm Address

Called Unto Liberty, Anonymous: 1775, Founding Era Sermons Hard on the heels of John Wesley’s A Calm Address to Our American Colonies (number 13 herein),...

John Adams: Defense of the British Soldiers—II

Democratic Thinker, American Papers Following the Boston Massacre in 1770, John Adams joins in the defense of the British soldiers charged in the deaths. Facts are...

John Adams: Defense of the British Soldiers—I

Democratic Thinker, American Papers Following the Boston Massacre in 1770, John Adams joins in the defense of the British soldiers charged in the deaths. The rules...

Free-Born John: Agreement of the People

Democratic Thinker, Background of the American Revolution No one can understand the foundations of the American nation without understanding the English Civil War from a...

Franklin: Plain Truth

Democratic Thinker, American Thought In 1747—during the troubles with France and Spain,— Benjamin Franklin publishes a tract reminding citizens of the imprudence exhibited by those...

Our Enemies Have Mistaken Our Peace For Cowardice

Democratic Thinker, Background of the American Revolution Thomas Paine, just prior to the Revolution, publishes an anonymous editorial in which he argues that peace without...

Milton: Tenure of Kings and Magistrates

Democratic Thinker, Background of the American Revolution No one can understand the foundations of the American nation without understanding the English Civil War from a...

Kett’s Rebellion

Democratic Thinker, Background of the American Revolution No one can understand the foundations of the American nation without understanding their British ancestors’ long ...

Demophilus—Principles of the English Constitution: English Constitution

Principles of the Ancient English Constitution, Democratic Thinker Shortly after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a writer under the pseudonym of Demophilus publishes...

Demophilus: Principles of the English Constitution: Conclusion

Principles of the Ancient English Constitution, Democratic Thinker Shortly after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a writer under the pseudonym of Demophilus publishes...

Demophilus: Principles of the English Constitution: The Destruction

Principles of the Ancient English Constitution, Democratic Thinker Shortly after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a writer under the pseudonym of Demophilus publishes...

A Sermon Preached at Lexington on the 19th of April: Henry Cummings

Called Unto Liberty, Henry Cummings: 1781, Founding Era Sermons Henry Cumings (1739–1823). One of the ablest men of his time, Cumings was graduated with the...

The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved: James Otis

Every British subject born on the continent of America ... is by the law of God and nature, by the common law, and by act of parliament, entitled to all...

Divine Judgments Upon Tyrants: Jacob Cushing

The hand of God was visible in these things; and the power and goodness of God manifested in our deliverance... Jacob Cushing

A Constitutional Answer to Wesley's Calm Address

Taxes should not be taken but given or granted by representatives of the people: no representatives, then no taxes; no elections, then no representatives.