This Day in History: North Carolinians rebel, years before the American Revolution

On this day in 1771, the Battle of Alamance is fought. The battle occurred nearly four years before the “shot heard ‘round the world” at Lexington and Concord. Perhaps an early precursor to the American Revolution? Discontent had been stirring in North Carolina since at least the mid-1760s. Backcountry farmers felt abused—both by colonial and […]

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: Crispus Attucks, first casualty of the American Revolution

On this day in 1770, a casualty of the Boston Massacre lies in state at Faneuil Hall. Crispus Attucks had been the first to fall during that chaotic event mere days earlier. Some even argue that Attucks was the first casualty of the American Revolution. “He is one of the most important figures in African-American […]

This Day in History: The Boston Tea Party

On this day in 1773, a group of American colonists boards three ships in Boston Harbor and throws 46 tons of tea overboard. Yes, you guessed it. Today is the anniversary of the original Boston Tea Party! These colonists were protesting the Tea Act of 1773, enacted by Britain earlier that year. Believe it or […]

This Day in History: The Pilgrims enjoy a three-day Thanksgiving feast

On or around this day in 1621, the Pilgrims enjoy a three-day feast! They are grateful for their harvest after a long, hard first year in the New World. You already know that the Pilgrims fled England because they feared religious persecution. Their voyage on the Mayflower began in September 1620—and it was a rough […]