Linda Moss Mines is a historian dedicated to reminding the public of the blessings of Liberty and our commitment to work toward the promises of the American Dream. She is not a political commentator, although reflecting on the history of the Republic requires recounting the stories of political figures and the institutions of our political system. Linda relishes telling the stories of our country’s founding and its journey from the earliest settlers as a “noble experiment in self-government.” She believes that recounting history reminds citizens that decisions and actions have consequences and that we as a people are impacted every day by decisions made during the course of that journey.
“It is important that a nation know and understand the pivotal moments of its history," she says. "Too often, our images of the past are a composite of classroom memories, popular culture images crafted by media productions and a smattering of editorial musings often grounded only in personal opinion and experience. As a historian, I, of course, offer some interpretation of those moments, but I am far more interested in the role of the public figures and the ‘common people’ and what motivated them than in the role of politics for political gain. Revisiting the past offers us a chance to understand today and shape tomorrow.”
As an educator, Mines notes: "I have been privileged to touch hearts and hopefully inspire my former students to become lifelong lovers of learning. Knowledge coupled with a dedication to service can truly change the world and I’m blessed to be a small part of that change."
Returning to Philadelphia
Most historians agree it was George Washington’s support of the new constitution that ultimately assured its ratification.
If Men Were Angels…
As the Founders struggled with the Articles of Confederation’s flaws and were taking cues from the state constitutions, a crisis created a sense of double urgency.
Marching Forward to ‘We the People’
What concepts would you find in those early state constitutions if you were browsing the archives?
Land, Land, and More Land
The passage of the Northwest Ordinance is often considered the most significant legislation of the pre-constitutional nation.
Let’s Create a Government
The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union were written in 1777 but not ratified until 1781.
Negotiating Peace and Independence
The official negotiations between British and American delegates had begun in 1782 in Paris and would conclude on September 3, 1783.
The Final Days of the Revolution
“Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country.”
The Southern Wave of the American Revolution
There were pivotal battles in the South in the fight for our “inalienable rights.”
A Father’s Most Talented Sons
George Washington’s favored “sons” fought well and with distinction. Their names are worthy of memory.
To the Redoubts and Battlefields
Let’s revisit some of the Revolutionary War fights that “turned the world upside down.”
Actions and Words
By sunset on June 17, 1775, the British military understood that new battlefield tactics were in play and they did not have a copy of the playbook.
‘We, the Undersigned’
After months of strenuous debate and indecision, how did the summer of ‘76 evolve into the summer of revolution?
‘Ought to Be Free’
Why did Congress decide to create a written document regarding independence?
Fleeing the Cruel Monster
In May 1775, some delegates harbored a hope for reconciliation, but that option seemed to be disappearing.
The Future of the Colonies
None of the delegates of the Second Continental Congress had any experience in “birthing a nation,” but they were learning.
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