Tag Archive for ‘George Washington’

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Pop Quiz: What was America’s largest city in 1790?

What was America’s largest city in 1790?

Fort Necessity (Photo: National Park Service)

Pop Quiz: Where was George Washington on July 4, 1754?

Before 1776, the date of July 4 was not a happy one in Washington’s life. What was he doing that day?

The Grand Flag of the Union, first raised in 1775 and by George Washington in early 1776 in Boston. The Stars and Stripes did not become the "American flag" until June 14, 1777. (Author photo © Kenneth C. Davis)

Whatever Became Of…56 Signers? (3d in series)

The signers of the Declaration of Independence. A printer, a politician, a duelist, a Connecticut Yankee and the most famous signature in U.S. history

The Grand Flag of the Union, first raised in 1775 and by George Washington in early 1776 in Boston. The Stars and Stripes did not become the "American flag" until June 14, 1777. (Author photo © Kenneth C. Davis)

Whatever Became Of…56 Signers? (2d in a series)

Who were the 56 signers of the Declaration and what became of them?

Don't Know Much About® the American Presidents (Hyperion Paperback-April 15, 2014)

Don’t Know Much About® George Washington’s Fashion Statement

For the inauguration he was dressed in a brown suit, white silk stockings, and shoes with silver buckles,

I wrote My Project About Presidents in 3rd Grade when I was 9. Even then I was asking questions about history and presidents

It is NOT Presidents Day. Or President’s Day. Or Even Presidents’ Day.

We mistakenly call the third Monday in February”Presidents Day.” But. Really it is George Washington’s Birthday –federally speaking that is.

Who Said It? (12/9/2013)

Who Said It? “The Negros thus bound, are (by their Masters or Mistresses) to be taught to read & write; and to be brought up to some useful occupation”

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Don’t Know Much About® Eli Whitney: A TED-Ed Lesson

To mark the birthday of American Eli Whitney on December 8, 1765, here is a short video about the Connecticut-born inventor’s most famous “invention,” the Cotton Gin. This was created as my first contribution to Ted-Ed: “Lessons Worth Sharing.” This portrait of the inventor is by another inventor– Samuel F.B. Morse who was a well-known […]

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Cherry-Picking Thomas Paine

Thirty years ago, on March 8, 1983, President Ronald Reagan delivered a speech best know as the “evil empire” speech. He also quoted Thomas Paine- an odd choice.

Washington's Tomb -- Mt. Vernon (Photo credit Kenneth C. Davis 2010)

Don’t Know Much About® George Washington

Yes the day we celebrate on the third Monday in February is really called “George Washington’s Birthday.”