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In honor of July 4th, American Independence Day
When I grew up in the 1960’s, it seemed possible to truly change the world and that could be why I’ve always been attracted by revolutions. As an adult, I realized that revolutions can be very bloody and don’t always go the way they are intended. But I retain an affection for the American Revolution, which began in 1775 in order that the American colonies become an independent country and not an outpost of Great Britain. The attempt really should have failed, considering the odds, and I’m always amazed that it didn’t.
So I was delighted to find a website devoted to that particular war on a friend’s Facebook page recently and have been spending a lot of time exploring the multitude of articles there. All Things Liberty has only been around since January 2013, but they’ve already got quite a treasure trove of information. It’s not just about the Revolutionary War, but also the time period and every conceivable aspect of it. There’s the expected battle accounts, biographies of the major personalities, political documents and historical background, but that’s only the starting point. It also includes recipes of the times(such as the current Yankee Doodle Dinner), medical advice(not for the squeamish, which includes myself), thematic book and film reviews and even lighter fare such as “The Role of Dancing”. Everything features archival illustrations, maps or photos of the buildings and such.
There’s enough variety to satisfy the serious scholar on important topics such as a multi-part look at the Federalist Papers or obscure events such as the Pine Tree Riot . But there’s also plenty to help the beginner new to the subject, with suggested reading lists and basic information. Some of the pieces poke fun, like the tongue-in-cheek “To Do List” for those protesting the Stamp Act. Or the startling modern Top 10 videos on YouTube featuring American Revolutionary topics.
One of the articles I found most interesting was about dogs and how they accompanied officers and soldiers to the battlegrounds. Though another piece recording lost dog listings afterwards was troubling and I hoped that at least some of them found their way home again (Yes, that’s me, worrying about dogs from nearly 240 years ago). One aspect of the site that I hope is broadened is on the art of the time period, there’s very little on the arts and handicrafts that was being made then. Considering the number of silversmiths, wood workers and seamstresses that were active at that time, there ought to be more about them. But considering how new the website is, surely that will be rectified in the future. It will be fun to watch the site grow.
Jackie has been known to don a tricorn hat and Revolutionary themed t-shirt for her subtle celebrations of July Fourth.