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Aaron Burr

Aaron Burr  

(1756–1836)US Democratic Republican statesman. After losing the presidential election to Jefferson in 1800, Burr was elected Vice-President. He was defeated in the contest for the governorship of New ...
Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams  

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(1744–1818),wife of John Adams, from whom she had to be separated for long periods during the Revolution, occasioning her frequent, loving, lively, and outspoken letters. She also engaged in ...
Abraham Buford

Abraham Buford  

(1749–1833) Revolutionary War officer, born in Culpeper County, Virginia. Buford served in the northern states during the first three years of the Revolutionary War; then he transferred to South ...
Abraham Ten Broeck

Abraham Ten Broeck  

Ten ˈbrōōk(1734–1810) Revolutionary War statesman and soldier. Born in Albany, New York, Abraham Ten Broeck was a large land owner and representative in the New York Provincial Assembly at ...
Adams, John, On African Americans

Adams, John, On African Americans  

John Adams was born in Massachusetts in 1735 and grew up in relatively humble circumstances. After graduating from Harvard, he passed the bar and began his legal career. Adams's law ...
African American Religion.

African American Religion.  

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The religious beliefs of so large and diverse a population cannot be unified into a single, artificial scheme. The African dispersion has now mingled with many other sources, and black ...
African Diaspora

African Diaspora  

[This entry contains two subentries dealing with the African diaspora, from the origins of slave trade through nineteenth-century America. The first article focuses on the evolution and criticism of ...
African-American troops

African-American troops  

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Variously called negro, coloured, and black, the history of African-American soldiers is that of US race relations in general. Even after the abolition of formal discrimination by colour, advancement ...
Agriculture and War

Agriculture and War  

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War and agriculture have often been intertwined during the nation's history. Although this usually involved arable land and farm production, there were times when agricultural trade was at issue.The ...
Agrippa Hull

Agrippa Hull  

(1759–1848) African-American Revolutionary War soldier, born in Northhampton, Massachusetts. Hull served as personal orderly to Gen. John Paterson and later to Gen. Tadeusz Kosciuszko. As such he ...
Albany Congress

Albany Congress  

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(1754)A congress of seven colonies convened by the British Board of Trade at Albany, a town in New York State, to concert defence against the French and pacify the Iroquois. It was at Albany that ...
Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton  

(c. 1757–1804)US Federalist politician. He served under George Washington as First Secretary of the Treasury (1789–95) and established the US central banking system. Hamilton was a prime mover behind ...
America

America  

The thirteen colonies later formed the United States of America. All except Georgia, founded in 1732, resulted from 17th‐cent. crown grants, mainly to companies or proprietors. Most were eventually ...
American Articles of War

American Articles of War  

A code of military law adopted by the Continental Congress in 1775, at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, to govern discipline and justice in the army. It was written ...
American Literature

American Literature  

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This entry contains two subentries: An Overview, Sea FictionAmerican sea literature has roots in Greek, Roman, Irish, and Norse mythology, the Bible, and the English Renaissance, whenever humans have ...
American Southern Army

American Southern Army  

An army organized to fight for the Colonists during the Revolutionary War. They had a famous victory in the battle of Cowpens. The British captured the entire 5,400-man army when they took Charleston ...
Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson  

(1767–1845)US general and Democratic statesman, 7th President of the USA (1829–37). After waging several campaigns against American Indians, he defeated a British army at New Orleans (1815) and ...
Andrew Porter

Andrew Porter  

(1743–1813) Revolutionary War army officer, born in Pennsylvania. Porter's affinity for books and intellectual interests led him to Philadelphia, where he became a teacher. In June 1776 he accepted a ...
Andrew Williamson

Andrew Williamson  

(1730?–1786) Revolutionary War army officer. Born in Scotland,, Andrew Williamson was a leading businessman in the area around Ninety Six, South Carolina, when the Revolutionary War began. He built a ...
Ann Hennis Trotter Bailey

Ann Hennis Trotter Bailey  

(1742–1825) frontier scout and Revolutionary War spy, born in Liverpool, England. In 1791, Bailey singlehandedly saved Fort Lee (now Charleston, West Virginia) from certain destruction by hostile ...

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