George H. Smith distinguishes “tolerating” religious difference from recognizing a genuine right to religious freedom.
George H. Smith begins a series of essays on the Declaration of Independence by examining colonial reaction to its list of grievances.
Jefferson drew on a rich intellectual tradition when he drafted the Declaration of Independence. But did he draw directly from contemporary works, as well?
George H. Smith continues his series on the Declaration of Independence by looking to the intellectual history behind its famous reference to unalienable rights.
George H. Smith examines two instances of curious wording in the Declaration of Independence.
George H. Smith explores America’s proud history of smuggling in the colonies—and the disastrous attempts by the British to put an end to it.
George H. Smith recounts the violent reaction to the Stamp Act, a tax on paper goods levied against the American colonies in 1765.
George H. Smith turns his attention to events after the Boston riots. As violence spread throughout the colonies, America moved ever closer to revolution.
George H. Smith uses some of the crucial events that led to the American Revolution as background to explain the theory of resistance and revolution that emerged.
George H. Smith continues his look at the events leading up to the American Revolution by telling the story of the Boston Massacre.
The story of the American Revolution’s prelude continues with the emergence of Committees of Correspondence among the colonists.
The British response to the Boston Tea Party stiffened American resolve for revolution. George Smith tells the story of that event.
The Coercive Acts—the British response to the Boston Tea Party—was the true catalyst that led to the American Revolution.
The Coercive Acts led Americans to blame the king for the conspiracy to strip them of their rights and liberties.
George H. Smith offers a glance at a few economic regulations throughout history.
George H. Smith discusses how the educational system of Sparta influenced later advocates of state education.
History’s first great philosopher wasn’t a fan of educational freedom.
George H. Smith continues his examination of the intellectual roots of state education by turning to the views of Plato’s most famous student.