On Friday, in a discussion of Ben Franklin’s Autobiography in my U.S. Survey course, I told my students that Philadelphia, not New York, was really the place where “you can be a new man.”
Yesterday, in a lecture on the end of the French and Indian War, I told the same class that the Anglicization approach to early British America serves as a counter to the “when are these colonies gonna RISE UP” view of American history that they learned in school.
Last week in my Pennsylvania History class, while talking about the Philadelphia’s role as the United States capitol between 1790 and 1800, I could not help but mention that the capital would eventually move to Washington D.C. because Jefferson, Madison, and Hamilton struck a secret deal in the “room where it happened.”
In a recent lecture in Greenville, South Carolina, I was talking about how Anglican clergy who were Loyalists used Romans 13 to oppose the American Revolution. I quoted Samuel Seabury and actually said “For Shame, For Shame! ”
Yes, I think I have a bad case of Hamilaria:
I am afraid this is only going to get worse once my survey class moves into the age of the American Revolution. I need to call the Weehawken Institute.