Excerpts from: Americanism Redux: February 15, on the journey to the American Founding, 250 years ago today, in 1774

Approximately two months have passed since the Boston Tea Party and one month since British officials in England learned of the incident. Day by day, as February unfolds, the British imperial response slowly comes into view.

Across the Atlantic Ocean, in Boston, the young black female writer Phillis Wheatley is thinking about the implications of the protest movement. In a letter to Samson Occum, a Native Christian evangelist, Wheatley explores some of the most meaningful aspects of changes brewing in the larger world.

Americanism Redux, a series by historian author, Dr. Dan Miller, explores what Americanism meant 250 years ago and its significance for America today. Visit Dr Dan Miller’s website>


Reference: The Remnant Trust Collection

RT Item: #1397. “A Collection of Nine Works of Election Sermons” compiled and published by Thomas Prince in 1751. A striking example of the rich intellectual tradition in the region can be seen in this work. Wheatley expresses ideas that have been examined before in New England. Christian ministers found important lessons in the Bible’s stories of the Israelites, stories that gained in resonance as the imperial crisis worsened.

View The Remnant Trust “Wisdom of the Ages Athenaeum PDF for reference>