American Revolution Institute press releases, public statements and new publication previews are posted here for the benefit of the press and public. The Institute welcomes press and public interest in its programs and encourages the press to take note of its advocacy positions regarding the memory of the American Revolution and history education. Representatives of the Institute are available for comment on these matters. Please direct inquiries and requests to:

Jack D. Warren, Jr.
Executive Director
jwarren@societyofthecincinnati.org

 

 About the American Revolution Institute

The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati advocates for the memory of the American Revolution, encouraging understanding and appreciation of the most important event in our nation’s history. The Revolution secured our independence, established our republic, created our national identity and committed our nation to ideals of liberty, equality, natural and civil rights and responsible citizenship. The American Revolution Institute seeks to inform, inspire and unite all Americans by ensuring effective education about the accomplishments and ideals of the Revolution. The American Revolution Institute encourages respect for the remarkable men and women of the Revolutionary generation who struggled to make America free. Fulfilling the high ideals for which they struggled, and for which many gave their lives, is the continuing responsibility of all Americans.

 

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American Revolution Institute Press Releases and Public Statements

American Revolution press releases and public statements posted here include advocacy statements on public issues relating to the memory of the American Revolution and history education, and announcements regarding American Revolution Institute programs and activities. Additional public statements on the memory of the American Revolution and on history education can be found in the American Revolution Institute blog.

 

The Philip Schuyler Statue: An Appeal

June 26, 2020

A statue of Major General Philip Schuyler, a hero of the Revolutionary War, has graced the front of Albany City Hall since 1925. The president general of the Society of the Cincinnati sent this letter to Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan of Albany appealing her recent executive order to remove the statue.

Read the President General’s Letter

Read “Philip Schuyler: An Appreciation”

 

The American Revolution and the Foundations of Free Society

June 16, 2020

In the New York Times “1619 Project,” lead author Nikole Hannah-Jones asks Americans to reject the Revolution and claims that the men and women who sacrificed, struggled, and died for American independence are unworthy of our respect. The American Revolution Institute asks Americans to embrace the Revolution and its principles as the common inheritance of free people, and to respect the men and women who secured our independence as our benefactors—and to recognize that the work they began is not yet done.

Read the Essay

For a summary of the Institute’s position on the “1619 Project,” read “The Revolutionary Dishonesty of the ‘1619 Project'”

 

What’s Wrong with “The Idea of America?”

June 16, 2020

The lead essay of the New York Times “1619 Project” misrepresents the American Revolution, asserting that the revolutionaries declared independence to perpetuate slavery. There’s no credible evidence for this claim, which rests on discredited political polemics masquerading as scholarship.

Read the Essay

For a summary of the Institute’s position on the “1619 Project,” read “The Revolutionary Dishonesty of the ‘1619 Project'”

 

Slavery, Rights and the Meaning of the American Revolution

June 16, 2020

In the “1619 Project,” Nikole Hannah-Jones claims that the American Revolution was fought to perpetuate slavery and that the nation’s founding ideals were a fraud. She couldn’t be more wrong. The American Revolution committed the nation to the idea of natural rights that has been the basis for the extension of freedom for nearly 250 years.

Read the Essay

For a summary of the Institute’s position on the “1619 Project,” read “The Revolutionary Dishonesty of the ‘1619 Project'”

 

A Museum that Never Closes

June 11, 2020

The American Revolution Institute is pleased to announce the  launch of its museum collections database online, providing access to some of its most important and iconic objects.

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John Buchanan Wins the Society of the Cincinnati Prize for The Road to Charleston

April 4, 2020

The American Revolution Institute is pleased to honor an important new book on the decisive campaign that won the American Revolution in the Carolinas and Georgia.

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Statement from the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati on Public Health

March 12, 2020

Due to the public health emergency, Anderson House, the headquarters of the American Revolution Institute, was closed to visitors through April 30, 2020.  The closure has since been extended through November 30, 2020. The extension is explained in a supplement posted September 5, 2020.

Read the Statement

 

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie Praises Our Work Promoting the Memory of America’s First Veterans

January 17, 2020

The work of the Institute is attracting the attention of leaders who care about our history and recognize the importance of understanding the past.

Read the Press Release

 

The American Revolution Institute Acquires Samuel F. B. Morse’s Thomas Pinckney Portrait

December 2, 2019

The Institute is proud to announce the recent acquisition of Samuel F. B. Morse’s ca. 1818 portrait of Major General Thomas Pinckney of South Carolina (1750-1828).

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The Improbable Victory that Made Us a Nation

June 28, 2019

American Revolution Institute Executive Director Jack D. Warren, Jr., addressed a crowd gathered near the Sergeant Jasper statue at White Point Garden in Charleston, South Carolina, to commemorate Carolina Day, the anniversary of the American victory at Sullivan’s Island in 1776—an improbable victory that inspired a nation.

Read the Remarks

 

Revolutionary Reflections: French Memories of the War for America

March 18, 2019

The special exhibition, Revolutionary Reflections: French Memories of the War for America, on view from April 5 through October 27, 2019, explores how the king’s officers understood and remembered the American Revolution and their role in the achievement of American independence.

Read the Press Release

 

Eric Hinderaker Wins the Society of the Cincinnati Prize for Boston’s Massacre

December 5, 2018

The Institute honors the author of a new book that changes the way we think about one of the iconic events of the American Revolution.

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Collateral Damage

November 4, 2018

What is the meaning of Washington & Lee University’s decision to remove a portrait of George Washington in uniform from a place of honor?

Read the Essay

 

The Promise of Yorktown

October 19, 2018

Society of the Cincinnati President General Jonathan Woods addressed a large crowd in Yorktown, Virginia, to commemorate the 237th anniversary of the allied victory that secured American independence. “What about the millions of Americans,” he asked, “who don’t understand and appreciate the American Revolution and the brave men who won our independence?”

Read the Remarks

A Rite of Fall

October 11, 2018

A new poll demonstrates how little Americans know about their history—and challenges us to work harder to reform history education.

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Original Alexander Hamilton Artifacts and Documents Featured in a New Exhibition

March 2, 2018

Rare original artifacts and documents from the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of the most important—and now perhaps the most popular—of America’s founding fathers, will be on display in a new exhibition in Washington, D.C.

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Lost Portrait of a French—and Spanish—Hero of the American Revolution Rediscovered and on Display in the United States for the First Time

January 26, 2018

The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati is pleased to announce the discovery of a unique portrait of a French general—Claude-Anne de Rouvroy, marquis de Saint-Simon-Montbléru—who was instrumental in winning the final great battle of the Revolutionary War.

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Why We Honor George Washington

September 27, 2017

At a moment when many Americans are asking why we honor historical figures with monuments and memorials, we remind our fellow citizens why George Washington is worthy of everlasting remembrance.

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New Publication Previews

 

Why America is Free: The Shaping of the Revolution

July 20, 2020

This summer the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati is releasing a new book for high school students, teachers, and curious Americans of any age, titled Why America is Free. It explains how colonial British Americans came to fight a war to free themselves from the British Empire, created the first nation in the history of the world based on the idea of natural rights, and laid the foundation for the continuing expansion of freedom that has defined American history. Here is the third installment in our story—the chapters tracing the development of resistance to imperial regulation and taxation, ultimately resulting in a unified challenge to British authority over of the colonies.

Read The Shaping of the Revolution

 

Why American is Free: British America

July 15, 2020

This summer the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati is releasing a new book for high school students, teachers, and curious Americans of any age, titled Why America is Free. It explains how colonial British Americans came to fight a war to free themselves from the British Empire, created the first nation in the history of the world based on the idea of natural rights, and laid the foundation for the continuing expansion of freedom that has defined American history.  Here is the the second installment of our story—the chapters interpreting the colonial origins of the American Revolution.

Read British America

 

Why is America Free?

July 11, 2020

This summer the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati is releasing a new book for high school students, teachers, and curious Americans of any age, titled Why America is Free. It explains how colonial British Americans came to fight a war to free themselves from the British Empire, created the first nation in the history of the world based on the idea of natural rights, and laid the foundation for the continuing expansion of freedom that has defined American history.  Here is the first installment of our story—the preface to the book that will serve as a focal point of the American Revolution Institute curriculum.

Read the preface: Why is America Free?