Journey to the American Founding

October 26 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: October 26, on the journey to the American Founding, 250 years ago today, in 1773

While young Rachel looks ahead to her new marriage and family, events swirling around her often look behind, into the past. People draw on figures and examples from ancient times down to a few years ago. They find inspiration, identity, and pathways to illuminate the future. Rachel wants to illuminate the future as well, to know more clearly how she and her new husband will make a life together.

Rachel doesn’t yet know that, one day, she’ll be a leader herself.

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

TITLE: Americanism Redux: October 23, 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 #0155, John Hampden, “The Tryal and Conviction of John Hampden”, an account of his ordeal as an accused co-conspirator in the overthrow of Charles I., published in 1683. In 2023, we overlook Hampden as a source of leadership for many of the most prominent people in the pro-colonial rights and, later, independence movements. The people of the Founding era knew his story well.

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

Journey to the American Founding

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