November 22, 1997 |
It's exciting, it's suspenseful, it's a big Boston Tea Party of a PBS event. So give me "Liberty!" or give me nothing! Airing here in three parts, this documentary about the Revolutionary War is that dazzling--a great old story retold smartly and captivatingly with folk melodies, splendid reenactments, historians' lively comments and costumed actors addressing the camera persuasively as both 18th century VIPs and ordinary citizens.
May 6, 2012 |
The most famous speech in American history begins this way: "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. " Lincoln's eloquence at Gettysburg was lyrical but not historically accurate. For no such thing as a "new nation" had been proposed in 1776; only a temporary union of sovereign states, declaring their independence from Britain, then presumably going their separate ways.
December 21, 2003 |
It's best to forget that Jimmy Carter's account of the American Revolution in Florida, the Carolinas and his native Georgia is supposed to be a novel. The former president has no more idea of how to write compelling fiction than we do, say, of how to broker peace between Israel and Egypt. Yet he has researched the period deeply and presented his findings with admirable evenhandedness.
February 14, 2010 |
The boy's only light was the firelight. It flickered on the walls of the log cabin and danced in his deep, serious brown eyes. It was late -- the middle of the night -- his favorite time of day -- his time for reading. He especially liked to read Aesop's fables, the Bible and "The Life of Washington. " George Washington's words flickered in the firelight: "The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them . . . . Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission.
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July 11, 1985 |
The "Second American Revolution" was killed two weeks ago in an obscure Senate committee vote against President Reagan's nomination of William Bradford Reynolds to be associate attorney general. A lot of history, to be sure, separated that vote from the collection of grievances known as the "Second American Revolution."
January 10, 2013
Re "Holocaust's children," Column One, Jan. 4 Doris Small's story, in which she escaped Nazi Germany before World War II thanks to the rescue mission Kindertransport, is indeed very moving and poignant. But let's not forget that there was an effort by a few Americans to actually try to do the same thing the British government was doing then. It was Eleanor Roosevelt who in 1939 urged her husband to support a bill in Congress to allow 20,000 Jewish children to come to America and be temporarily adopted by American parents for the duration of the hostility.
July 4, 2013 |
Had it not been for America's founding conservatives, we would not be celebrating Independence Day on July 4. In fact, it's unlikely we would be celebrating our independence at all. Few people today realize how similar the Revolutionary era was to our own: Endless war, financial crashes and mounting public debt, popular outrage against rich bankers and taxation, and such bitter partisan dispute that Congress was frequently deadlocked for months on...
February 17, 2008 |
WHEN you stop to think about it, how many novels about the American Revolution are there, other than Esther Forbes' "Johnny Tremain"? According to the Wikipedia entry "American Revolutionary War Novels," there are five, and I bet you haven't read them. I certainly haven't, and as I was reading "Johnny One-Eye," I began to wonder why there are so few. We know all the names -- Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton, Cornwallis, Betsy Ross.