revolutionary war

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 […]

Why Can’t We Start A Revolution?

Why Can’t We Start A Revolution?

PHOTO: “Liberty leading the People” by Eugène Delacroix Revolutions are romantic, especially for Americans. Our revolutions are all so recent that we are still so close to them, the force and violence of them lingers in our collective attitudes; it influences our laws and society. We had our first revolution a little over two hundred […]