Journey to the American Founding

November 23 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.

Journey to the American Founding, Nov 23 1773, Thanksgiving Meal

Excerpts from: Americanism Redux: November 23, on the journey to the American Founding, 250 years ago today, in 1773

Giving thanks. President Abraham Lincoln made it a national day in 1862-1863. Before Lincoln, George Washington was the first President of the United States to designate a day of thanks in the new Constitution-based American republic. Before Washington, the community practice of setting aside a day to offer public thanks and gratitude was well-established in the British colonial world.

In November 1773, however, the public’s mood was less of thankfulness and more of restlessness over the shipments of East India Company tea still sailing west in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Journey to the American Founding, Nov 16 1773, Anti-Slavery Sentiments

TITLE: Americanism Redux: November 23, on the journey to the American Founding, 250 years ago today, in 1773

By Dr. Dan Miller


To know us better then is to know us more fully now. Welcome to Americanism Redux and my one-a-week stories of 250 years ago. For the all the stories thus far, Visit Historical Solutions, Dr Dan Miller’s website>


Reference: The Remnant Trust Collection

Item: #1121: “Religious Liberty an Invaluable Blessing”, by Amos Adams, published in 1768. Five years before the potential controversy over tea, Adams, a Christian minister in Roxbury, colony of Massachusetts, proclaimed the virtues of religious freedom on the “Day of General Thanksgiving.”

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