Journey to the American Founding

November 2 1773

The stories we’re seeing from the last half of 1772 and early 1773 are a mixture of change and continuity. Surrounding the mixture is an intensification of actions and decisions. The new and old twist together in revolving cycles. The pace is not what it once was—it has picked up speed.

The Remnant Trust, Americanism Redux, November 2 1773

Excerpts from: Americanism Redux: November 2, on the journey to the American Founding, 250 years ago today, in 1773

Among our stories today, we see a young teacher and his second day on-the-job with his students. He’s teaching a group of Carter family children, five boys and three girls. The most advanced, Philip Fithian records in his journal, is the eldest teenaged student, who can read and write Greek. Fithian is impressed with the teenager’s ability to read “Sallus.”

Neither Fithian nor his eight students realize that a powerful storm of revolution will soon enter their lives. The education gained now in early November 1773 will be part of navigating a stormy future.

TITLE: Americanism Redux: November 2, on the journey to the American Founding, 250 years ago today, in 1773

By Dr. Dan Miller


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Reference: The Remnant Trust Collection

Item 1347, Henry Estienne, “Conciones sive Orationes ex Graecis Latinesque Historicis Excerptae”, published in 1570. Estienne includes in his work several portions from the writings of Greek and Roman historians. Sallust, or Gaius Sallustius Crispus, as he was formally known, wrote about political infighting, corruption, and party division in the first decades of the Anno Domino millenium. Philip Fithian’s eldest student would be forced to decide if Sallus’s writings were as contemporary as they were historical.

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