Author Archives: Dennis Jamison

“The Convention at Philadelphia, 1787,” Engraving, by Frederick Juengling and Alfred Kappes

The U.S. Constitutional Convention: A peaceful revolution that transformed America

SAN JOSE, July 28, 2014 —  The period in American history after the War for Independence was a time in which the infant nation was struggling to survive under the government established by the Articles of Confederation. The people had a sense of pride in the newly born nation, but the United States of America

Execution of Robespierre

Bastille Day: Celebration of an illusion of freedom

SAN JOSE, July 14, 2014 —  Today is the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, a public holiday in France: ”Le quatorze juillet” (14 July), formally known as the “Fête de la Fédération”  (Federation Holiday). Today it is usually referred to as Bastille Day. The Bastille was originally a medieval fortress-prison that had often been utilized by

Emancipation Proclamation

Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2014 –   The American Civil War devastated the United States, but in April of 1865, only days before Easter, Robert E. Lee surrendered the Confederate forces at Appomattox, in Virginia. On June 18, 1865, over two months after this historic event, U. S.  Army General Gordon Granger marched 2,000 Union soldiers into Galveston,

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