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Today in history 2/25/2017


Today in history, The British surrender the Illinois country to George Rogers Clark (see picture below) at Vincennes in 1779.

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Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less

The title of this post is identical to the title of a new important book by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang.  HM wishes he had read this book a very long time ago, as he learned the lessons  of this book through personal pain.  443 more words

Human Memory: Theory And Data

Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an - 15 Minute History podcast


In 2006, Keith Ellison, a newly elected congressman from the state of Minnesota, and the first Muslim elected to Congress, took his oath of office on a Qur’an from Thomas Jefferson’s personal library. 104 more words

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The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 by Joseph J. Ellis

The “Second American Revolution” in the title refers to the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. Before that, during most of the Revolutionary War, America was governed by the Articles of Confederation, a loose arrangement that Ellis compares to the European Union. 514 more words


Tale of the Tape: Antifederalists versus Federalists

Antifederalists and Federalists found common cause in comprehending human nature. That said, each faction responded to this comprehension in widely conflicting ways, establishing an unassailable gulf over the vision of America’s future, the scope and scale of the national government, and conceptions of virtue and vice. 65 more words


Living History Her Story

Pull out your iPhone: Siri, what’s the date?
How much is twice her age? “TWO HUNDRED EIGHT.”
That many years seems awfully far away, 76 more words


Setting Precedents

Today in History, February 24: 1803 – Marbury vs. Madison. The Supreme Court establishes the principle of Judicial Review. In a case fraught with typical American skullduggery, the US Supreme Court gains it’s power. 243 more words