My oldest son, a fifth grader, is studying the American Revolution. It made me so sad to hear that he doesn't like Social Studies in school. So I went into over drive--made posters--found books in the library--and of course quiz him on it all the time. I think my plan may just backfire on me, instead of loving American History, he might just hate it more. But I did find two books I highly recommend. Let It Begin Here! Lexington & Concord First Battles of the American Revolution This book is…
The Wars the US fought
For nearly half of its relatively brief existence, the United States has been actively involved in armed conflict, whether at home or abroad. Here is
The Treaty of Paris 1783 officially ended the Revolutionary War. There were six parts: 1) America was independent; 2) Its boundaries were the Mississippi River on the west, Canada on the north, and Spanish Florida on the south; 3) The U.S. was allowed to fish off the Canadian coast; 4) Britain and the U.S. would pay off any debts they owed each other; 5) Britain would return any enslaved persons; 6) Congress recommended that the states return any property they had taken from the Loyalists.
The Culper Spy Ring
Walking down the tranquil paths of the Frank Melville Park in Setauket, it's nearly impossible to imagine this gentle village rattled by a war, but if one was to step back in time to 1778, they would find the area and the mood abound to be quite different. During the Revolutionary War, Long Island was completely occupied by British forces after their victory at the Battle of Long Island in 1776. Once established, they took over everything: moving into colonists' homes, stealing their…
'Paul Revere' - painting by NC Wyeth ★ 'A hurry of hoofs in a village street, A shape in the moonlight, a bulk in the dark, And beneath, from the pebbles, in passing, a spark, Struck out by a steed flying fearless and fleet; That was all! And yet, through the gloom and the light, The fate of a nation was riding that night...' -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Midnight Ride of Paul Rever
Revolutionary War Loyalist history and genealogy
A resource for the study of military history, genealogy and living history of the Loyalists of the American War for Independence.