Scott Syfert is an attorney at Moore & Van Allen in Charlotte. He is a founder of the May 20th Society, a non-profit dedicated to commemorating the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. He writes frequently on local history.
Jodi Daynard is the author of The Place Within: Portraits of the American Landscape by 20 Contemporary Writers. Her essays and stories have been widely published. She has taught writing at Harvard University and M.I.T.
Dr. Tony Zeiss is President of Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina. His most recent book focuses on the life of Thomas Young and is titled “Backcountry Fury, A Sixteen-Year-Old Patriot in the Revolutionary War.”
David Bruce Smith is a business executive, writer, editor, and philanthropist. He serves on numerous boards of historical and cultural institutions and has published many books and compilations under David Bruce Smith Publications. His next work is a children’s book titled “John Marshall: The Forgotten Founding Father.”
Dr. Selig serves as a historical consultant and project historian to the National Park Service for the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail (W3R-NHT). A recipient of the French Ordre des Palmes Académiques, he contributes regularly to popular and scholarly historical journals and magazines
Theodore J. Crackel served as the Editor-in-Chief of the University of Virginia’s Papers of George Washington documentary editing project for six years. He was instrumental in beginning a process of digitization to make the papers more accessible to students and scholars.
Ira Stoll is the author of Samuel Adams: A Life. He is the editor of FutureOfCapitalism.com and previously served as Washington correspondent and managing editor of The Forward and as North American editor of the Jerusalem Post.
Life in the Carolinas in the Revolutionary period is difficult to imagine. First of all, in 1775, North Carolina was a geographic expression – like Africa or the equator – not a coherent or homogenous political entity. Its territory encompassed a huge cross-section of the eastern coast and contained a diverse mix of inhabitants.
June 17, 1775. A shimmer of dawn was just rising to the east, casting faint light across the village, when I found myself knocking at the shack door of Isaac Copeland, who lived behind the small barn on the Adams property. He seemed to have slept through everything.
“Betwixt every peal the awful voice of Morgan is heard, whose gigantic stature and terrible appearance carries dismay among the foe wherever he comes.” That was how a participant described Daniel Morgan during the unsuccessful American attempt to capture Quebec on the last day of 1775. “He seems to be all soul,” another of Morgan’s men said, “and moves as if he did not touch the earth.”
When the Revolutionary War began in April of 1775, the population of Jews in America was barely countable. They were two thousand out of two million, but they sprang into upholding the Patriot position:
“The freedoms that the evolution (sic) sought to secure for New World people were essential for the Jews, if they were to exist and prosper here—or anywhere… the Jews of America had no sense of belonging to any other nation… For… those reasons, most… eagerly supported the Revolution. In whatever capacity they served, they contributed…out of proportion to their paucity.”