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West Point (No. 16 of The Hudson River Portfolio), 1825. Artist John Hill. (Photo by Heritage Art/Heritage Images via Getty Images)

West Point’s Critical Role in the American Revolution

Decades before the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the strategic plateau on the banks of New York’s Hudson River played a crucial part in the American victory in the Revolutionary War. Both British and Patriot forces understood the Hudson’s vital ...read more

Illustrated bookplate of Hessian soldiers in their 1784 uniforms. Printed in the book, "Armée Hessoise" by JH Carl & JC Muller in 1805. Artist J.H. Carl, 1784.

Why Germans Fought in the Revolutionary War—for the British

Thomas Jefferson, writing the list of 27 grievances against King George III included in the Declaration of Independence, didn’t hold back when talking about Britain’s decision to dispatch foreign troops to fight in the American colonies. “He is at this time transporting large ...read more

Willie Velasquez

How Willie Velásquez Organized for Latino Voting Rights

Few people have had as profound an impact on the political empowerment of America’s Latino electorate as Willie Velásquez. His grassroots work registering and mobilizing Latino voters, starting in his home state of Texas, parlayed the frustrations, hopes and pride of a diverse, ...read more