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Put Your Big John Here: The Boston Tea Party

Put Your Big John Here: The Boston Tea Party

This is a true story about smuggler that we’ll call “Big John.” The time was Colonial America. Tea was king. It was the drink of the people after alcohol and mead. Coffee was just starting in the new world but was largely for the highfalutin Loyalists and upper crust. Tea was money. And there was […]

Hemp And America: The First Blows Of The Revolutionary War

Hemp And America: The First Blows Of The Revolutionary War

PHOTO: The Boston Massacre (death of Crispus Attucks) This excerpt from Weed the People: From Founding Fiber to Forbidden Fruit by Jeremy Daw, J.D. is published with special permission.  When Samuel Gray heard Boston’s church bells ringing furiously into the night, he assumed the town called for help with a fire. But when he discovered that […]

This Independence Day, America Must Remember Its Social Contract

This Independence Day, America Must Remember Its Social Contract

As my family and I celebrate the Fourth of July each year, I look at the rich and varied experiences of my life. It was not easy growing up; the American dream eluded my father and mother. Divorce, economic issues and separation made our lives difficult, but our problems were not insurmountable. Like many other […]