Sunday, March 15, 2015
Announcing the launch of the first volume of my latest series: A Little Book of Revolutionary Quotes: God, Guns, & Government. From the book cover:
"The Founding Generation changed the course of history not only for the thirteen American colonies but for the rest of the world. Americans who lived through the dangerous and unstable period of the American Revolution and the Early Republic were far from perfect but they were the perfect set of people to form a new nation founded on the principles of Liberty. Their words offer us insight to their perilous times and wisdom to live through our own period of terror. Thoroughly researched with mini biographies and an extensive bibliography for further pondering, A Little Book of Revolutionary Quotes: God, Guns, & Government is first in a series of books exploring the ideas of America’s Founding Generation."
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Thursday, March 5, 2015
I wrote this piece for the Journal of the American Revolution (published 3/5/205). For those interested in my upcoming book series A Little Book of Revolutionary Quotes, this article offers an introduction on what to expect. Please follow the link to read the article in its entirety:
Thursday, February 26, 2015
I have been absent for some time from my BLOG because of all the work I am doing on my books. I am happy to announce the launch of my children's illustrated book Poor Richard's Almanack with author Dr. Benjamin Franklin. Here is some information on the book:
"The moral crisis is far from over but be of good cheer for Benjamin Franklin is here. Poor Richard’s Almanack published by Franklin under the pseudonym of Richard Saunders is an American treasure complete with proverbial lessons on frugality, morality, and industry. Through these uplifting proverbs, Franklin reveals his amazing wit and humor. Richly illustrated in this collection, these proverbs embody the spirit of America and provide a timeless inspiration for good behavior to children even today."
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Sunday, February 1, 2015
I am very excited to announce the near completion of my children's book written by a man who needs no introduction: Dr. Benjamin Franklin.
I have selected and illustrated Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack and hope to see it published soon with a Feb/March 2015 release date. Please check back for future details here and on my website http://trehanstreasures.com/
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Perhaps no other founding father stands in the forefront of giving blacks the opportunity to serve in the military than Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton defied the odds and insisted that blacks possessed "faculties...as good as ours." He did not believe the traditional theory prevalent in 18th century America that blacks were "stupid." Instead, he insisted that it was a want of "cultivation" that made their circumstances bleak. Indeed, Hamilton felt that under the care of a "sensible officer," blacks would make "excellent soldiers."
Hamilton considered the prejudice against blacks to be based on "neither reason nor experience." If anything, he felt such arguments were based on "an unwillingness to part with property of so valuable a kind." It should be noted, that Hamilton's vision for blacks reached further beyond the immediate need for America to have larger troops to fight against the British. By insisting on the plan to enlist black soldiers in the Continental Army, Hamilton hoped to provide a way for their emancipation.
“From Alexander Hamilton to John Jay, [14 March 1779],” Founders Online, National Archives (http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Hamilton/01-02-02-0051 [last update: 2014-12-01]). Retrieved January 24, 2015. Source: The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, vol. 2, 1779–1781, ed. Harold C. Syrett. New York: Columbia University Press, 1961, pp. 17–19.