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

When Did the Sugar Act Happen?

King George III, Portrait

The Sugar Act was passed by Parliament on April 5, 1764. It went into effect on September 29, 1764, and lasted until 1766 when it was repealed and replaced by the Revenue Act. The Sugar Act of 1764 was the first of the British Acts that were passed to raise revenue from the colonies. Collectively, … Read more

When Did Lord Bute Join the Council of King George III?

King George III, Portrait

On March 25, 1761, King George III appointed Lord Bute, John Stuart, as Secretary of State for the Northern Department. Secretaries of State The Secretaries of State were senior members of the King’s Council and were appointed by the King. The Secretaries were responsible for managing foreign affairs. They had a significant influence on colonial … 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 Amazon.com. 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