American revolution

A crisis at the beginning of the American experiment

Looking at the problems looming before us, it is easy to forget those of equal or greater danger that we have surmounted in the past.   My previous post, Washington’s Gift, described one such.  Here is another… As America’s revolutionary war drew to a successful close, many critical problems remained unsolved.  Among them was the pay and pensions due the Army.  Congress seemed unwilling to pass …

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Washington’s Gift

Here is a Christmas story known to few but historians, well worth reading by all Americans:  Washington’s Gift byThomas Fleming, Wall Street Journal, 24 December 2007 — “Our revolution could have ended in despotism, like so many others.”  Subscription only. Here is the opening (an open copy appears at the David Gold website): There is a Christmas story …

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