Excerpts from: Americanism Redux: March 14, on the journey to the American Founding, 250 years ago today, in 1774

A second tea party occurs in Boston harbor and again protestors are wearing Native disguises. Something important is going on with their choice of symbol and image; Natives continue to be a prominent part of daily life. Meanwhile, two people in the network of George Washington have very different outlooks on the future. Martin Hemmings is named the personal butler of his enslaver, Thomas Jefferson, who harbors a measure of distrust toward him.

In England, Prime Minister Lord North decides that the first step in punishing the tea protesters will be the closing of Boston Harbor. His proposal goes to Parliament for debate.

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Reference: The Remnant Trust Collection

James Warren is an important leader of the colonial rights movement in Massachusetts. In the aftermath of the second Boston tea party, Warren is thinking about the Biblical passage from Matthew 12:25—a house divided against itself cannot stand. Warren’s quote anticipates Abraham Lincoln’s use of the phrase by eighty-four years. For Lincoln’s use of the quotation, see Item (#0375) “Political Debates Between Honorable Abraham Lincoln and Honorable Stephen Douglas”, published in 1860. What’s known as Lincoln’s “House Divided” speech is included in this first edition book.

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