Rhode Island Rebels Against the Sugar Act

Stephen Hopkins, Illustration

Rhode Island Governor, Stephen Hopkins. Image Source: New York Public Library Digital Collections. Rhode Island was an early leader in the resistance to British policies, especially the Sugar Act of 1764. As part of its Mercantile System, Great Britain instituted a system of trade laws known as the Navigation Acts. However, merchants in the colonies … Read more

The Wilder Brigade Fights for the Union at Chickamauga

John Wilder, Portrait, Lightning Brigade, Civil War

John T. Wilder. Image Source: Library of Congress. There is some news today — October 19, 2022 — that is relevant to our coverage of the American Civil War here at American History Central. Yesterday, Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene visited the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. The Chickamauga Battlefield is where, in September … Read more

October 19, 1781 — Cornwallis Surrenders at Yorktown, Virginia

British Surrender at Yorktown, Painting

The Battle of Yorktown — also known as the Siege of Yorktown — took place from September 28, 1781, to October 19, 1781, in and around Yorktown, Virginia. It was the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War. The British Southern Campaign In the spring of 1780, the British had control of New York … Read more

October 16, 1859 — John Brown’s Raid On Harpers Ferry Begins

John Brown, Abolitionist

Early on Sunday, October 16, 1859, the ardent abolitionist John Brown assembled his small army of 18 recruits for prayers and to deliver marching orders. That evening, Brown launched his grandiose plan to capture the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry and subsequently incite a slave insurrection in Virginia. Brown had a long history of fighting to … Read more

Great Heroes and Patriots of American History — An Introduction

Harriet Tubman, Portrait, Ernsberger

The history of the United States of America is filled with heroes and patriots — men and women — who helped shape the course of the nation. From exploration to Colonial America; from the American Revolution to the Civil War; from Reconstruction to the 21st Century, heroes and patriots have come from all walks of … Read more

Mercy Otis Warren, Founding Mother?

Mercy Otis Warren, Painting

Yes, Mercy Otis Warren should be considered a Founding Mother. As Gary M. Calles, says, after all, she has been called “The Conscience of the American Revolution,” both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams called her a genius, and Elizabeth Ellet described her as “the most remarkable woman who lived in the days of the American Revolution.” … Read more

Who Was Prince Hall?

Prince Hall, Illustration

It’s a good question, and one I’m working on an answer to. Not just because it’s Black History Month, but also because I’m trying to present a more detailed view of American history. This isn’t a textbook with a limited number of pages. It’s a website. I can add as many pages as I want, … Read more

January 2022 American History and News Updates

William Brewster, Painting

American History Central had a busy month in January. A significant amount of new content was added for Colonial America, the American Revolution, and the Civil War. New Content for Colonial America I’ve been working on three main things in regard to Colonial America. Unfortunately, we have gaps that we need to fill in our … Read more

Christmas in Plymouth Colony. Or Not.

Christmas in America, Currier and Ives

I think we all know that Christmas hasn’t always been the commercialized holiday that it is today. Or even the calm, peaceful scene that you see in the picture above. But I’m not sure many people really know why that is. I came across an article by Will Sellers that talks about how Christmas was … Read more

What was the Proclamation of 1763?

King George III, Portrait

Portrait of King George III by Allan Ramsay, from WikiMedia Commons. The Proclamation of 1763 reserved the lands west of the crest of the Appalachian mountains for the Native American Indian tribes, and prohibited colonists from moving west. After the French and Indian War, the French gave up their claim to lands east of the … Read more

AP Exam Study Guides for 2019

It’s that time of year! AP exams are right around the corner. We’ve taken the time to collect links to some of the top study guides on U.S. History AP U.S. History (Premium), Princeton Review AP U.S. History, Princeton Review AP U.S. History, Barron’s AP U.S. History, Sterling Test Prep European History AP European … Read more

The Newburgh Conspiracy – March 15, 1783

One of the early threats to the republic came in March 1783, when a group of officers in the Continental Army decided to challenge the authority of the Congress. The incident was caused by the inability of Congress to pay the members of the military. Under the Articles of Confederation, Congress could not tax the states … Read more

Gettysburg Campaign of 1863 on American History Central

Union view of Pickett’s Charge, Wikimedia Commons We have published a series of Entries and Quick Facts that provide a comprehensive overview of Robert E. Lee’s 1863 Gettysburg Campaign. The series covers the events from June 9, 1863, with the Battle of Brandy Station, through the Battle of Gettysburg from July 1–3, 1863, and culminates … Read more

Entries on the Civil War are Coming Soon

As I mentioned last time, Harry and I were sidetracked for a few years with another project.  I think that it was around 2009 that we decided to jump into a new encyclopedia that focused on the role of Ohioans in the Civil War. That site, Ohio Civil War Central, contains a massive amount of well-researched … Read more

American History Central Relaunch

In August 2009, we (Harry Searles and Randal Rust) put on a workshop in Indianapolis at the annual meeting of the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH). The workshop provided insight into the process for developing an online digital encyclopedia. As part of the workshop, we created a working demo of a digital … Read more