American Founding

Why We Need James Otis

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, The American Thinker

John Adams wrote about James Otis’ fiery argument in court against the Writs of Assistance in 1761: “[T]he child independence was then and there born.” A 1783 eulogy poem written by Thomas Dawes described Otis as “first in patriot fame.”

Five myths about the Founding Fathers

Newt Gingrich, The Washington Post

From Athens and Rome to the present day, all great societies have founding myths — stories they tell themselves about who they are and where they came from. Perhaps because the United States is younger than most nations (239 years old on Saturday), our founding is among the best-documented; here are a few of the biggest myths about the Founding Fathers.