Revolutionary War

1780s

Overview The creation of the U.S. Constitution over the summer of 1787 and its subsequent ratification during the following year was a revolution equal in magnitude to the contest for American independence declared against Great Britain in 1776.  Americans tend to…

IMAGE –Leutze’s Washington Crossing

This most famous American painting was created by a German painter named Emanuel Leutze, originally in 1849 and then again in 1851.  The story behind his motivation for painting this image provides a helpful connection between American and European revolutionary movements.  Teachers…

REFERENCE –Founders Profiles

Dickinson College students study the Founders with great care, because the college itself was part of the American Revolutionary era, established as a school in 1773 and first chartered as a college in 1783.  The guiding spirit of the institution…

COLLECTION –Their Own Words

The Dickinson Library has digitized over 34,000 pages of text (both published and unpublished) that were written by Dickinsonians from the 18th,19th, and 20th centuries.  The wide-ranging collection covers numerous topics, but the collection is especially strong for the following figures:…