This is one of the smartest things on the internet today: America’s Revolution as told in present tense.
For most Americans, this Independence Day was like many July 4th celebrations before it. Barbecues were lit and meat smoked across the nation, political platitudes conveyed by politicians, and fireworks displayed into the evening.
Over at Glenn Beck’s The Blaze website, however, the writers did something entirely different and unique.
The writers at The Blaze wrote multiple stories about America’s War for Independence from an entirely contemporary point of view–as though it were happening today.
If you haven’t had a chance to read the individual stories, beginning pre-Revolution, you should. From a historical perspective, the “Headlines from the Revolution” series of “news” stories is one of the smartest things on the internet today.
Here’s the list of stories (in chronological order) from before the war, to the war’s conclusion:
- American colonists unsettled by British Parliament’s far-reaching Stamp Act tax
- ‘Boston Massacre’ leaves five dead, questions remain
- Patriots storm ships in Boston Harbor, hurl tens of thousands of pounds of expensive tea overboard
- Britain passes the Coercive Acts; they should be called the Intolerable Acts
- American militiamen force British troops to retreat from Concord
- British forces capture Bunker Hill but suffer heavy casualties
- ‘Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown’: Congress declares American independence
- British forces capture New York; Washington lucky to escape with Continental Army intact
- In crucial turning point, Washington and troops claim victory in two battles near Trenton
- American forces employ controversial tactics in shocking victory over British at Saratoga
- France bolsters US resistance against British offensive, officially enters war
- Shocking details of starvation, disease, lack of clothing as troops emerge from Valley Forge
- Continental forces defeated in Charleston; 3,000 patriots captured
- British win Battle of Guilford Courthouse in North Carolina — but suffer significant, heavy losses
- BREAKING: Cornwallis surrenders in Yorktown; End of war may be in sight
- VICTORY: Britain concedes America’s independence, signs Treaty of Paris