This Day in History: “As for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

On this day in 1775, Patrick Henry gives a stirring speech. You’ve almost certainly heard of this one! Henry closed the speech with the unforgettable words: “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” At the time, Henry was a delegate to the Second […]

This Day in History: Parliament discusses reconciliation with America

On this day in 1775, a member of Parliament rises and gives a speech in the British House of Commons. Edmund Burke urged members to reconcile with the American colonies, before it was too late. He spoke of the “anger and violence” that “prevailed every day more and more.” He feared that “things were hastening […]

This Day in History: Thomas McKean, President before Washington (sort of)

On this day in 1734, Thomas McKean is born. He was President of the United States before George Washington was! Well, sort of. McKean was a President under the Articles of Confederation, not the U.S. Constitution.But when George Washington won his victory at Yorktown, he reported it to McKean. McKean held many positions during his […]

This Day in History: The Battle of Bentonville, the Confederacy’s “last hurrah”

On this day in 1865, the Battle of Bentonville begins. The three-day battle has been called the Southern Confederacy’s “last hurrah.” However, the conflict ultimately ended with Confederate General Joseph Johnston’s army in retreat. Union General William T. Sherman was then bringing the second of two devastating campaigns to an end. In late 1864, he’d […]