The Newsletter about America's Founding
by Revolutionary War and Beyond
Let us aspire to the greatness our Founding Fathers imagined for us.
Issue #6 - January 17, 2013
Happy New Year from Revolutionary War and Beyond! 2012 was a great year for our website! Did you know that for the second year in a row we had over a million visitors to our website? That's truly amazing. It's a tribute to our great writing and to our great visitors!
In this issue, we will cover some of the highlights and new material on our site over the last year, which saw a lot of great new information about the Revolutionary War and Founding Fathers to our website.
As always, thanks for reading with us...
Quote of the Month
Our most popular quote of the last month was from Mercy Otis Warren. Mercy was one of the first female American writers. She was intimately involved with many of the Boston leaders of the American Revolution, including Samuel Adams, John Adams, John Hancock and James Otis (her brother). Her work "History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution" was one of the first extensive works about the American Revolution and also one of the first works in America to be published by a woman.
Mercy Otis Warren
Quote of the Month: "It is necessary for every American, with becoming energy to endeavor to stop the dissemination of principles evidently destructive of the cause for which they have bled. It must be the combined virtue of the rulers and of the people to do this, and to rescue and save their civil and religious rights from the outstretched arm of tyranny, which may appear under any mode or form of government." - Mercy Otis Warren, in History of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution, 1805
Some thoughts about the quote...
- What principles of the Revolution are Mercy Otis Warren talking about that need to be preserved?
- Do you believe, as Mercy did, that tyranny can appear in any form of government, including our own?
- In what way could tyranny manifest in our own government?
Share your comments and answers to these specific questions on our Facebook page here.
You can also follow our daily Facebook posts here.
In 2012, we added several new sections to our website, including:
- A huge section on American historical flags of the Revolution. We have articles on the origins of flags such as the Gadsden Flag, Green Mountain Boys Flag, Betsy Ross Flag and many others. You can also purchase replicas of each of these flags. Learn more at our American Revolution Flags page here.
- We greatly increased the size of our Patriotic Books & Gifts section with a new Patriotic Jewelry section, a Patriotic Coins section and the artwork of Gray's Watercolors, featuring their Revolutionary War paintings.
In addition to all this, we published our first book Understand Your Rights Because You're About to Lose Them!, which teaches about the history and meaning of each amendment in the Bill of Rights.
- One of the most popular things added to our website in 2012 was our On This Day in History section, which gives a daily post about an event that took place on that day during the American Revolution and founding period of the United States.
The most popular posts included:
- Another great new section added to our website in 2012 was our American History Book Club, a fun way to increase your knowledge of the American Revolution and the Founders by reading popular period books along with us.
In 2012, we started and or finished the following books:
- Paul Revere's Ride by David Hackett Fischer,
- Battlefields and Blessings by Jane Hampton Cook
- and Desperate Sons by Les Standiford, about the Sons of Liberty
- The next book we are going to read is John Locke: Philosopher of American Liberty by Mary Elaine Swanson. Be sure to get a copy and read along with us!
Question of the Month
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What holiday was the biggest celebration in New York City for a hundred years after the end of the American Revolution?
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We are NOT going to tell you where to find the answer on our site on this one! The answer is there, however!
Share your answer with us here on Facebook or Twitter...
And look for the answer to the question here in the next issue!
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The last edition's Question of the Week was: Who did Dorothy Quincy Hancock, wife of John Hancock, have a secret crush on while she was engaged to be married to John?
The answer? Aaron Burr, future Vice-President with Thomas Jefferson and killer of Alexander Hamilton in a duel. You can read more about the details of their relationship at our John Hancock page here.
in this newsletter, or on our website, and be seen by people interested in the American Revolution - and beyond!
Prayer at Valley Forge Sculpture
You may have seen the popular Prayer at Valley Forge painting by Arnold Friberg on our website. It's the best-selling patriotic item on our site.
Last year, Friberg Fineart came out with a sculpture modeled after the painting which sold for $50. Recently, the price was reduced to only $34.97 and we wanted to inform our friends and visitors who may want to get one for themselves or for a gift. You can learn more or order your own here - Prayer at Valley Forge Sculpture
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