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Light Shining out of Darkness

Light Shining Out of Darkness. ————— GOD moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform; He plants his footsteps in the sea, And rides upon the...

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...

Weekly Story: Lincoln at the South Fork Schoolhouse

Weekly Story An elderly man relates a tale from his childhood in which he attended a meeting at the South Fork Schoolhouse in Sangamon County,...

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...

Weekly Story: Kao Hsin’s Story

THE AMERICANIST, WEEKLY STORY   A Chinese Christian relates his summer of 1900. For weeks a spell of horror had brooded over us, and one by...

Weekly Story: The Juggernaut

Weekly Story A Nineteenth Century Englishman observes an ancient philosophy.     According to the Hindoos, the love-inspiring Krishna was one day shot with an arrow from the...

Act of March 22, 1794

During the Third Congress, the United States begins the long anticipated dismantling of slavery within its borders. An Act Passed at the First Session of the Third...

Weekly Story: The Vicar’s Family

Weekly Story An Eighteenth Century Irish novelist describes the family of a rural Vicar. I was ever of opinion, that the honest man who married and...

The Wayfarer

  The Wayfarer. ————— THE wayfarer, Perceiving the pathway to truth, Was struck with astonishment. It was thickly grown with weeds. “Ha,” he said, “I see that no one has passed here In...

Weekly Story: You Dog

Weekly Story An Eighteenth Century Puritan promotes a new medical procedure in Boston. He meets resistance.   … I write a further and a more distinct Account...

Among the Indians

Considerations by the Way An early American immigrant lives among the Indians for a time. We shall not presume to anticipate the judgment of our fellow-citizens...

Coriolanus: Once the Glory of His Age

CORIOLANUS: A TRAGEDY ————— PERSONS REPRESENTED. CAIUS MARCIUS CORIOLANUS. ATTIUS TULLUS, general of the Volscian army. GALESUS, one of the deputies of the Volscian states attending the camp. VOLUSIUS, one of...

George Washington Visits Portsmouth

Weekly Story George Washington, following his election as president, visits New England. Before his visit, the Selectmen of Portsmouth, N.H., question whether to introduce him...

Bringing In The Sheaves

Bringing in the Sheaves. ————— SOWING in the morning, Sowing seeds of kindness, Sowing in the noontide And the dewy eve; Waiting for the harvest, And the time...

Weekly Story: The Old Men Of Menotomy

Weekly Story During the battle at Lexington, a British convoy becomes separated from its escort.   They were of the exempts, or alarm list as it was...

Cromwell – Honest Men

Background of the American Revolution No one can understand the foundations of the American nation without understanding the English Civil War from a century earlier....

The Declaration

The Declaration. Certain sophists have taken to sneering at the democratic document upon which American liberties are predicated, because they have never taken the trouble...

Weekly Story: Goffe At Hadley, by Democratic Thinker

Weekly Story During King Philip’s War, an old English Civil War commander makes an appearance. The people instantly betook themselves to their arms, which, according to...

Joseph Story – On the Bill of Rights

Foundations of the United States Constitution Joseph Story—selected for the Supreme Court by James Madison in 1811—publishes a text book based on his series of...

James Wilson—Of The Natural Rights Of Individuals

Foundations of the United States Constitution James Wilson—signator of the Declaration of Independence, member of the Continental Congress, drafter of the U.S. Constitution, and an...