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The Spirit of Party: John Adams, Jonathan Sewall, and the Role of Republican Ideology in the American Revolution

One year ago, I published this essay in the journal The Historian. Here is a taste of my argument, along with a link to read the rest of it: 809 more words



June 11th in history:

On June 11th, 1776, the Continental Congress appointed five delegates to draft a declaration of independence from England. Robert Livingston and Roger Sherman were joined on the committee by three other men better known to modern Americans: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin. 83 more words

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First Principles: Do Not Be Defeated By False Politeness, Effected Delicacy Or Feigned Decency

“Be not intimidated … nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice.” -John Adams (1765)

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June 6th in history:

American orator Patrick Henry is famous for saying “Give me liberty or give me death!” in 1775. Henry achieved liberty long before his death, on this date in 1799. 113 more words

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  • “Human government is more or less perfect as it approaches nearer or diverges farther from the imitation of this perfect plan of divine and moral government.” ~John Adams (1770)
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