Happy Birthday, Benjamin Franklin! Born today in 1706.Details
On this day in 1786, the Virginia General Assembly adopted Thomas Jefferson’s landmark Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, which later would become the basis for the First Amendment to the Constitution for the United States.Details
Historian Dr. Kevin Gutzman recently appeared on episode 38 of the podcast, The Liberty Chronicles hosted by Dr. Anthony Comegna to discuss a variety of topics, including Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, the Revolution of 1800, the Louisiana Purchase, and the War of 1812.Details
On January 2, 1788, the State of Georgia ratified the Constitution for the United States. Georgia was the fourth state to do so. The ratification message was short and to the point, and there appears to have been little debate.
The following ratification text is taken from the Library of Congress’s copy of Elliot’s Debates.Details
Until at least the 1960s or so, the “progressive school” of history suggested that we totally ignore the views and works of old revolutionaries like Samuel Adams and James Otis.Details
Today in 1753, John Taylor of Caroline, Thomas Jefferson’s most prominent promoter and an under-appreciated member of the founding generation, was born.Details
In October 1765, just two weeks before the Stamp Act was set to go into effect, Hancock sent a letter to his London agent, Johnathan Bernard, capturing the spirit of the time.Details