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Recent Essays and Press Releases
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, is closed to visitors through April 30, 2020.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.