Wednesday February 26, 2014
Between the years 1726 and 1750, the English colonies in America were steadily growing. The thirteenth colony, Georgia, was founded during these years. Benjamin Franklin was a vibrant Philadelphian making a name for himself. This was also the time of the Great Awakening. While England made some rules to try and protect its own economic interests like the Iron Act and the Molasses Act, in general it kept a hands off approach to the colonies. However, storm clouds were brewing as hostilities between England and France continued to grow. King George's War which occurred during these years foreshadowed the French and Indian War. Read about these and the other key events of this twenty-five year stretch: American History Timeline 1726-1750.
Tuesday February 25, 2014
Follow the events that led to the American Revolution with this timeline. Beginning with the Treaty of Paris that Ended the French and Indian War, you can see how events escalated over time. Interestingly enough there were long stretches when relations between Great Britain and the colonies calmed down. There were also many chances for parliament to back off and restore more positive relations. Even when the war started, only about 1/3 of the American colonists were revolutionary.
Monday February 24, 2014
On February 24, 1803, the Supreme Court made a historic decision with the court case Marbury v. Madison. The case involved many of the key players in the early republic including John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and of course Chief Justice John Marshall. Some today question whether the precedent of judicial review that was established with Marshall's decision was truly revolutionary or beyond the realm of the framers' intent. Nonetheless, Marbury v. Madison did firmly establish this precedent which has had major repercussions to this day.
Monday February 17, 2014
Presidents Day is the third Monday in February. Today, Monday, February 20th, we celebrate Presidents Day. Or do we? The official name of the federal holiday is Washington's Birthday. However, many states across the nation celebrate Presidents Day instead, combining the birthdays of two amazing presidents. George Washington's birthday is February 22nd and Abraham Lincoln's was on February 12th. In honor of Presidents Day, take some time to learn about the Presidents of the United States. One great way to do this is tosign up for the weekly President's course. For 44 weeks, you will learn about the men who have shaped our nation.