This Day in History: Happy Independence Day!

On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress adopts our Declaration of Independence. It had already resolved on July 2 that “these United Colonies are, and, of right, ought to be, Free and Independent States . . . .” Now it formally adopted a written document, too. It took nearly a month to write the […]

This Day in History: Happy 2nd of July! (Or so John Adams thought.)

On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress declared America’s independence! Did you know that this vote actually occurred on July 2, not July 4? “That these United Colonies are,” congressional delegates resolved, “and, of right, ought to be, Free and Independent States; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown . […]

This Day in History: The origins of the Great Seal of the United States

On this day in 1782, the Confederation Congress adopts the Great Seal of the United States. The seal was nearly 6 years in the making! Congress had been working on it since July 4, 1776, not too long after the American Revolution began. You may think of July 4 as the day that the Continental […]

This Day in History: Grace & Rachel Martin, unsung Revolutionary War heroines

At about this time in 1781, two South Carolina women take a huge risk for the Patriot cause. Yet the details of their escapade were nearly lost to history. Americans were then conducting two sieges in the South: Major General Nathanael Greene was at Ninety-Six, a fortified village near Cambridge. Meanwhile, General Andrew Pickens and […]

This Week in History: The Battle of Bunker Hill

During this week in 1775, the Battle of Bunker Hill was fought. The battle was technically a British victory, but it proved to be a morale booster for Americans who discovered that they could hold their own against the renowned British army. If the details of this battle have left you a bit puzzled, then […]