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This is the grave of Oliver Hazard Perry. Born in 1785 in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, Perry grew up in the naval family that included his father Christopher and, later, his brother Matthew. He became a midshipman in the Navy in 1799, when he was only 13, thanks to his father’s influence. He was on […]
Alan Taylor’s Pulitzer Prize winning history of slavery in Virginia during the American Revolution and Early Republic is truly outstanding. The American Revolution created a rhetoric of equality that contributed to emancipation in the North but in the South and especially in Virginia, where so many of the Founding Fathers originated, it created a society […]


In Robert Farley
On June 18, 2012
And so it’s come to this: Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That war be and is hereby declared to exist between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the dependencies thereof, and the United States of America and their […]
Relentlessly, the calendar grinds toward the event which could tear this blog apart, the bicentenary of the War of 1812.  The loyal American contributors to this blog will surely commemorate the triumphs of that war to maintain freedom against the perfidious, vengeful British and their Canadian lackeys.  The less loyal Americans…. well, we shall see. […]
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