This Day in History: The Constitutional Convention finally begins

On this day in 1787, the Constitutional Convention finally begins. The meeting had been scheduled to start nearly two weeks earlier, on May 14, but things hadn’t gone according to plan. Instead, only two states showed up that day: Virginia and Pennsylvania. Travel was never easy back then. It was always making people late. 😉 […]

This Day in History: The shocking capture of Anthony Burns

On this day in 1854, a fugitive slave named Anthony Burns is arrested in Boston, in compliance with the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. The manner in which he was returned to captivity shocked the city and deepened anti-slavery sentiment in the area. Burns later had the opportunity to speak of the feelings that had […]

This Day in History: Washington refuses the title of “King.” Again.

On this day in 1782, George Washington receives an effusive apology from one of his soldiers. That man had seemingly implied that George Washington should assume the title of King. Washington was appalled! He squashed the idea immediately. “[N]o occurrence in the course of the War,” Washington wrote, “has given me more painful sensations than […]

This Day in History: Martha Washington passes away

On this day in 1802, Martha Washington passes away. Her family mourned her passing, but Martha herself was ready to go. She would finally join her beloved George! His death in December 1799 had been very hard on her. “The zest of life has departed,” one visitor to Mount Vernon would observe of her afterwards. […]