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Top Foreign Policy Doctrines of the US

In 1823, James Monroe formulated the first major US foreign policy doctrine known as the Monroe Doctrine. Since that time five additional presidents have created, or in the case of Theodore Roosevelt modified, foreign policy doctrines that have been consistently followed by the United States federal government.

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“From Revolution to New Nation” Teachers’ Institute, 29 July-2 Aug

Here is the first of two weeklong workshops for teachers that I know are happening in and around Boston this summer.

From Revolution to New Nation: Exploring Boston’s Trails to Freedom, 1760–1860
Monday, 29 July, through Friday, 2 August 2013

Travel along Boston’s Freedom Trail and the Black Heritage Trail and meet some famous, and some not so famous, Bostonians whose contributions helped to bring the United States from British colonies to an independent country to a nation on the brink of Civil War.

Experience in-depth tours of the sites themselves, explore primary-source documents, examine replica artifacts, and listen to lectures by scholars in their fields. Learn exciting ways to make this time period come to life in elementary and middle school classrooms from museum educators and park interpreters.

I’ll give one of the lectures along the way, about the controversies before, during, and after the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Participants can earn 30 P.D.P.’s or two graduate credits through Framingham State University. The basic cost is $125; graduate credit involves more work and an additional fee. Participants must be able to walk up to 1.5 miles per day in hot weather, and some sites are not fully accessible. Space is limited to 25 participants with preference given to Boston Public School 3rd–8th grade teachers who haven’t attended a Boston People and Places teachers’ institute in the past.

Boston People and Places is a collaboration among historic sites along Boston’s Freedom Trail and Black Heritage Trail, Boston National Historical Park, and Boston African American National Historic Site. Its partner in this institute is the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, founded in 1892 to cultivate an interest in Colonial and American history by publishing, encouraging research, and facilitating active discussion of historical issues and events.

For more information, contact Emily Holmes at the Paul Revere House (617-523-2338) or institute coordinator Elisabeth Nevins. You can download the flyer for this institute from this page.

Rogers-Stokes on Massachusetts’s Political Unity, 29 Mar.


On Thursday, 29 March, the North End Historical Society will present a talk by Dr. Lori Rogers-Stokes on Boston’s alliance with rural Massachusetts towns during the political crisis of 1774.

The added Customs duties that the London government had levied starting in 1767 directly affected the merchants of Boston and other ports, but had less impact on rural communities. Similarly, the farmers of Massachusetts had little interaction with the royal soldiers stationed in Boston in 1768-1770. While there were other grievances in their colonists’ dispute with London, those were probably the most irritating issues. As a result, the capital’s Whigs were unsure of how much support the rest of the colony would provide as their confrontation with royal officials heated up.

Rogers-Stokes, a member of the Board of Directors of the Arlington Historical Society and a member of the Society of Early Americanists, will discuss how Boston and rural towns united in resistance to expanded royal privilege. The event description says:

She will elaborate on the remarkable and unique political consciousness of average citizens in Massachusetts towns, both large and small. “To understand the events of the 1770s…we have to look at the long history of political engagement and the very early embrace of democracy” in the Bay State, according to Rogers-Stokes. “The partnership between Boston and the towns was unique in colonial America and was a deciding factor in the road to war.”

As a scholar from Arlington, Rogers-Stokes will naturally discuss that village’s place on the road from Boston to Concord, where the Massachusetts Provincial Congress met in April 1775.

This talk will begin “sharply at 6 P.M.” in the Sacred Heart Church Hall at 9 Sun Court Street in Boston’s North End. It’s free and open to the public, but space is limited, so call 617-680-3829 or email to reserve a seat.

Military History Carnival #29

… is up and running at David Silbey’s blog. Check it out.

Learning from the Forrestal fire, 29 July 1967

On 29 July 1967 an F-4 Phantom awaiting launch on the flight deck of USS Forrestal (CVA 59) accidentally fired a rocket into another parked aircraft. Several hundred gallons of jet fuel spilled onto the flight deck and ignited. The resulting fire engulfed several other aircraft and caused ordnance on those aircraft to explode. The [...]

Constitution vs. Java, 29 December 1812

The conflict between the United States and Great Britain, known as the War of 1812, was less than three months old when the success the U.S. Navy had achieved in independent cruises and individual ships actions began to make an impact on decisions made at home and abroad. On September 9, 1812, Secretary of the [...]

“Part of America” 29 November 1943

“A man-of-war is the best ambassador,” wrote Oliver Cromwell, a true statement whether applied to the wooden sailing ships of his era or the modern warships of the U.S. Navy that today ply the world’s oceans.  With the majority of the Earth’s surface covered by water, the ships of our Navy in so many ways [...]