The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution; “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The amendment was passed by Congress on September 25, 1789 and ratified on December 15, 1791 as part of theContinue reading “What the Fuck Does the Second Amendment Actually Mean?”
Sugar Maple Tree Acer Sacharinum, The sugar maple tree. Every year, about this time, thousands of Sugar Maples are tapped so that the sap can be collected. Boiled it becomes syrup or even maple sugar. And there for a very brief time in the early 1790’s intersected abolitionists, land speculators andContinue reading “The Sugar Maple Bubble: The Attempt to End Slavery with Maple Sugar”
Henry Brockholst Livingston Henry Brockholst Livingston or Brockholst Livingston as he preferred to be called was born on November 25, 1757, the son of William Livingston, future governor of New Jersey, and his wife Susanna French Livingston. He was educated, eventually graduating from the College of New Jersey in 1774. One of his classmatesContinue reading “Henry Brockholst Livingston: Soldier, Lawyer, Duelist, Judge”
The Chancellor\’s colichemarde from the collection of the New-York Historical Society Chancellor Robert R. Livingston was nothing if not a fashionable man. As such he frequently carried a sword. He was not a soldier, but the style of the time called for men of a certain position to carry a blade. One of the swordsContinue reading “Pointy End Toward the Bad Guy: Chancellor Livingston\'s Sword”
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