Commemorating Liberty and Slavery in Philadelphia

Yesterday, the New York Times ran reviewed the new exhibit, “The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation,” which opens today. The exhibit treats the Philadelphia house where George Washington and John Adams lived as presidents during the 1790s. (The U.S. had several capital cities in its early years beforeContinue reading “Commemorating Liberty and Slavery in Philadelphia”

Review of Ron Chernow’s Washington: A Life

Jill Lepore is a widely recognized and well-respected historian of eighteenth-century America. I don’t usually venture this far back into the Early Republic, but her review might convince me to read Chernow’s biography of Washington. Every generation must have its Washington; ours is fated to choose among dozens. Ronald Reagan, in his first Inaugural Address,Continue reading “Review of Ron Chernow’s Washington: A Life

The National Archives’ Treasure Hunters

As this L.A. Times article notes, you might be shocked at the number and types of documents that have been stolen from the National Archives over the years. When Paul Brachfeld took over as inspector general of the National Archives, guardian of the country’s most beloved treasures, he discovered the American people were being stolen blind. The Wright Brothers 1903Continue reading “The National Archives’ Treasure Hunters”