The Revolutionary Summer of 1862: How Congress Abolished Slavery

Secession and the Civil War were about slavery and race. Introduction In his second inaugural address, Abraham Lincoln recalled, “All knew that” the “peculiar and powerful interest” in slaves “was somehow the cause of the war. To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend this interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend the Union even[…]

John Brown’s “Tragic Prelude” to the U.S. Civil War

John Brown first became a nationally known figure in 1856 through his actions in the Kansas Territory, three years before Harper’s Ferry. Who Was John Brown? “I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood.” John Brown, shortly before his execution, 1859[…]

The Dorr Rebellion: Insurrection to Change Electoral Rules, 1841-1842

Rhode Island was still using its 1663 colonial charter as a constitution. It required that voters own land as a qualification to vote. Introduction The Dorr Rebellion (1841–1842) (also referred to as Dorr’s Rebellion, Dorr’s War or Dorr War) was an attempt by middle-class residents to force broader democracy in the U.S. state of Rhode[…]

President John Adams and the Fries Rebellion, 1786-1787

Congress recently passed the Alien and Sedition Acts, criminalizing dissent and increasing the power of the executive branch. Introduction The Fries Rebellion, also called Fries’ Rebellion, the House Tax Rebellion, the Home Tax Rebellion and, in Deitsch, the Heesses-Wasser Uffschtand, was an armed tax revolt among Pennsylvania Dutch farmers between 1799 and 1800. It was[…]

The Latest on the Failed United States Coup Attempt

We’re just a few days removed from the attempt by outgoing President Donald Trump’s supporters to take over the US Capital. Thousands of insurrectionists, some of them heavily armed, interrupted Congress’s formal declaration that Joe Biden had won the election. Just before chaos erupted, Trump himself gave a speech where he used incendiary terms to[…]

Top 5 Tips to Help Navigate the World of Matchmaking Platforms

If you’re single and seeking a love interest, the chances are 2020 will have been a tough year. The global pandemic has severely curtailed opportunities for socializing, closing bars and nightclubs. This has led to increasing numbers of individuals considering signing up to a dating site. If you’re new to online dating, here are five[…]