Monday, July 4, 2016

American Independence Day Special

I offer a brief overview of some of my posts relevant on this day in American history; nothing new here….
I wrote a series of posts in review of book by Merrill Jensen, entitled The New Nation: A History of the United States During the Confederation.  Jensen examines the history of the American states during the Articles of Confederation.  Every post covers an aspect of his book, but if I had to pick out one or two specific pieces, I would offer the following:
The Founding Fathers were scoundrels.  We would have all of the dirt on this if Charles Thomson, the elected secretary of the First Continental Congress, hadn’t destroyed the draft he had written on all of the behind-the-scenes political maneuvering by those we are taught to respect as altruistic lovers of our freedom.
Gary North, whose (one) expertise (among many) is colonial America once wrote that he had only recently learned of this episode; he wrote it shortly after this post was published at LRC.  (Cut me some slack; even a mosquito takes pride in his work!)
Hint: it wasn’t “we the people.”  Had the Revolution ended with the Articles of Confederation, “we the people” might have stood half a chance.
Moving on from Jensen…
After the Revolution, was life that much different for the average Yank when compared to the life of the average bloke in Britain? 
Finally, there is a post I cannot find at the moment.  In it, I reviewed the independence of the various other (Anglo) British colonies – Canada, Australia, etc., and compared these to the independence won for the United States.  Guess what?  No war was necessary in these others – many of them aren’t even sure what date to select for their “Independence Day.”
I am bummed I cannot find it – I really enjoyed writing the post.  If I can find it, I will provide the link.  If you find it, let me know.

Update: from a friend, here is the link.


1 comment:

  1. Those essays are so important to understand!!!Thank you
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