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The Declaration of Independence Read to the Army

Life of George Washington – By Aaron Bancroft

Pretty much everyone who lives in American knows who George Washington is. George Washington bravely led our nation in war against Great Britain. He chaired the Constitutional Convention. He was the first president of the United States. After his death, his family gave all his journals and letters to Chief Justice John Marshall. Marshall used […]

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A Discourse Delivered in Providence: The Dedication of the Tree of Liberty

Pamphlet War: Silas Downer and His Dedication of the Tree of Liberty in Providence

The Pamphlet War is a good illustration of how individuals use the power of the pen to change the hearts and minds of their fellow countrymen. The Pamphlet War began in 1764 with a few brave politicians like Thomas Fitch proclaiming the Reasons Why the British Colonies in America should not be Charged with Internal […]

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John Charles Fremont

A Short History about the First Man to Run for President of the United States as a Republican

This short history is based upon my reading of Charles Upham’s 1856 book titled Life, Explorations, and Public Services of John Charles Fremont. In 1856, John Fremont became the first man nominated by the Republican Party to run for President of the United States. This book was published shortly after he was nominated as the […]

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unbroken

A short history of the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who survived as a Japanese POW

This short history of the life of Louis Zamperini is based on Laura Hillenbrand’s book Unbroken. Most movies stray from the history that was portrayed in the book. The movie Unbroken does not. Early Life Louis Zamperini was born 1917 to Irish immigrants. He lived a troubled youth were he was a master thief and […]

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Daring Deeds of American Generals

Daring Deeds of American Generals – By John S. Jenkins

Daring Deeds of American Generals is a series of short biographies of seven generals from the war of 1812. The seven Generals covered in this book are Jacob Brown, Edmund Pendleton Gaines, William Henry Harrison, Andrew Jackson, Alexander Macomb, Zebulon Montgomery Pike, and Winfield Scott. Unlike many biographies, this book is void of many details […]

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pearl-harbor

Pearl Harbor – By Craig Nelson

Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, members of the Senate and House of Representatives: Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – The United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. Within an hour of speaking these words, war was […]

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The Bully Pulpit, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
By Doris Kearns Goodwin

The Bully Pulpit, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism – By Doris Kearns Goodwin

This book is an unusual presidential biography in that it does not cover one president but it actually focused on the lives of two presidents, Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, the 26th and 27th presidents of the United States. Like most presidential biographies, this book spends limited time on the formative years but focuses […]

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Destiny of the Republic, A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
By Candice Millard

Destiny of the Republic, A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President – By Candice Millard

This book covers the life and death of James Garfield, the 20th President of the United States. Most people would assume that a book about the assassination of a president would be predominately about the president. However, this book gives you a great 30,000-foot view of Garfield and the various individuals involved with his assassination […]

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Life of General Francis Marion

Life of General Francis Marion – By W. Gilmore Simms

Francis Marion was not the most famous General of the Revolutionary War. However, he was a very influential leader. Thanks to Walt Disney, more American’s know Francis Marion by his nickname, the “Swamp Fox”. Francis Marion received the nickname of Swamp Fox from a British Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton. One day Tarleton was very frustrated […]

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Common Sense by Thomas Paine - An Englishman

Common Sense – By Thomas Paine

In reading Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, I really scratch my head as to why this pamphlet was the document that sparked the American Revolution. It is clear that the impact of this simple little pamphlet had a major impact on the course of this nation. Thomas Paine focused his reader’s attention upon the fact that […]

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Reasons Why the British Colonies, in America, should not be charged with Internal Taxes, by Authority of Parliament. By Thomas Fitch

Reasons Why the British Colonies in America should not be Charged with Internal Taxes – by Thomas Fitch

Just finished reading Thomas Fitch pamphlet titled Reasons Why the British Colonies, in America, should not be charged with Internal Taxes, by Authority of Parliament. This pamphlet was printed in 1764. To put a little background as to why this pamphlet is so important — in 1763, the French Indian war had just wrapped up. […]

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