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George Washington’s Mount Vernon

George Washington has positively contributed to American society by leading the Continental Army to triumph, establishing the role as the First President of the United States, and leading the nation towards national unity by signing the bank bill to establish a national bank. Although George Washington did have many positive attributes to American Society, he […]

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Reflections on Debates

When the Founding Fathers were drafting the Constitution, there were many disputes. Not everyone was in agreement and many voiced their opinion through debate. Debate promoted equity of voice and compromise when drafting the Constitution. Debate was the mere reason why we even have a Constitution today. Additionally, debate is still used in Congress to […]

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A Slice of Life at NHA

My name is Izabella Lizarazo and I am a 17 year old from Weehawken, New Jersey (the town where Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton) and I am a rising senior at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, New York. I took part in a civics/government/politics program known as Next Generation Politics for two years, and […]

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James Monroe’s Oak Hill

The first half of the ride was accented with thunder. Strong, bellowing, mighty. The grey sky was host to great drums, sharp rain, and impossibly quick flashes of brilliance- an odd setting to our impending destination, James Monroe’s Oak Hill. But as the bus forged along, the sky calmed, and through the clouds peeked hints […]

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A Trip to the White House

Many would hear about “A trip to the White House” and expect some extravagant series of hijinks filled with Presidential sightings, First Ladies in their element, and maybe even a run-in with an unfriendly security guard–it almost makes it seem like a nature documentary. And while this White House experience was extravagant in many ways, […]

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Antietam National Battlefield

Hi, my name is Christian Rodriguez and today is my fourth official day with the National History Academy. Today we visited a remarkable historical site which is the Antietam National Battlefield. The well-preserved historical site has been kept to its high standards in part because of the American Battlefield Trust. The American Battlefield Trust truly […]

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Social Life at the National History Academy

A common theme throughout the history of the world seems to be that several different groups of people are unable to cooperate with each other. With the growing tensions of today it would seem almost impossible to achieve something of the sort, and an even more remarkable to ensure that everyone work together in harmony. […]

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HBS Cases: History in the Present Tense

During my five-hour red-eye flight from Seattle, I repeatedly asked myself a question: “How will the knowledge I gain from history camp apply to modern issues?” And after just a week at the Academy, the first case study about James Madison’s “Federal Negative” and Professor David Moss’ lecture proved to me the interwoven nature of […]

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Gina Rufo’s Video Blog – Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

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West Virginia’s Liberty Bell

A woman in an extravagantly tailored dress walks beside a man in a Civil War uniform. Single story brick structures with arching windows line thin roads. But amidst this picturesque 19th-century town is a glaring anachronism: the honk of a BMW. Harpers Ferry celebrated their 75th anniversary as part of the National Park Service last […]

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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

It is to society’s general knowledge that controversy and conflict are to be avoided. We see it as our responsibility to uphold the morals and ethics of the outdated institutions whose purpose for existence should be for the people, yet often prove to be in a plight between balancing their personal interests and their service. […]

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2019 Class kicks off the summer at Montpelier

Hi everyone, Gina Rufo here! Today was my first official day with the National History Academy and we took a field-trip to James Madison’s home, Montpelier. The beautiful grounds are as accurate to Madison’s time as possible. Though the property was home to three generations of Madisons by the time the 4th president was born, […]