The Young Americans were New York’s next generation of artists, intellectuals, and activists; many of whom were inspired by the Loco-Foco movement.
By the Fall of 1837, both Tammany Hall Democrats and the Locofocos loved Van Buren’s administration so a reunion was now a real possibility.
During a state convention in Utica on September 1836, 93 delegates unanimously adopted a resolution to officially establish the Equal Rights Party.
America’s first identifiably libertarian political movement began as a conspiracy to conquer Tammany Hall.
William Leggett’s antislavery wasn’t just spontaneous. His editorial career was spent teasing out the finer points of libertarian theory.
William Leggett was the man who created the first identifiably libertarian movement in American history.
William Morgan was about to publish the Freemasons’ tightly controlled secrets. Morgan planned to expose the powers conferred by initiation.
Much as we modern libertarians might love to hate the Whigs, they were in many ways indistinguishable from the Jacksonians.
The 1820s, 30s, and 40s were rough and tumble times. Life changed more quickly in those decades than ever before and practically everyone felt it.
Joel Mokyr argues that the elite stood on the shoulders of craftsmen to bring us into the age of Enlightenment.
Historians call 1816-1824 the “Era of Good Feelings” because there were no real party organizations.
There was a conspiracy to create Christmas. This is a fairly standard historical interpretation of the American Christmas celebration.
The colonial period was one of booming production and commerce, a deeply commercialized culture noted by its fashions, ever changing tastes, and values.
The War Years cast a long, dark, dangerous shadow over the still-young Republic. The world was changing quickly, and everyone took note.
This First Patriot Coalition helped win the war, but the Second, a far more aristocratical, power-friendly coalition was already busy about its work.
Benjamin Lay, the lone Quaker dwarf abolitionist was perhaps the most radical person on the planet during his own time.
What happened in Haiti in the 1790s was unique and truly revolutionary.
What, exactly, is a revolution?