Journey to the American Founding

November 9 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.

October 1773, Paul Revere's new bride, Rachel wearing a wedding ring is looking out the window by candlelight, Colonial America

Excerpts from: Americanism Redux: November 9, on the journey to the American Founding, 250 years ago today, in 1773

So, the people of Boston, New York City, and other colonial communities are in a growing frenzy about the eight ships sailing toward the New World crammed with tea. And young William Bradforde, career-minded, sits with his copy of Blackstone and prepares to become a lawyer. His choice of book testifies to the depth of connections between the British colonies in America and Great Britain. The connections can be seen everywhere, from law to language, from architecture to place-names, from careers to tea cups.

To watch the tension grow between supporters of colonial rights and supporters of imperial power is to see each of the million bonds between mother country and colonies stretched to the straining point.

Paul Revere reads one of Boston newspapers, the Gazette, and sees today, 250 years ago,

TITLE: Americanism Redux: November 9, 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 0222, “Magna Carta”, published in 1759, features an introductory essay written by William Blackstone. This
edition of Magna Carta was influential in the British colonies, combining a well-known historical document with
a highly influential legal mind.

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

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