Articles by James Patrick Riley

The Ugly Immaturity of the Young America’s Foundation

Do you recall that before the First Continental Congress met in Philadelphia, Samuel Adams—cautious about having to collaborate with men of different Christian denominations—announced a declaration of disassociation? Anyone who would not embrace Congregationalism of the sort Adams favored was to be disinvited from that momentous gathering, and they were to be further humiliated in […]

A ‘Discussion-Free’ America

Ponder a reality quite different from the America of your youth. The new version is a quiet, cold, orderly place, with approved causes and very dire consequences for anyone who opposes them. Your son is eager for a military career. He has his eyes on West Point, but if he’s going to get there, he […]

Take a Torch to the Faux Shaming

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The Frightening Power of Social Media Bans

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Blacklisting Patrick Henry and American History

My days as an American historian may be numbered. For the better part of 40 years, my extended family has featured American “living history” on our 760-acre apple farm in Oak Glen, California. When my wife and I built our Georgian inspired home on the farm in 1994, we originally hoped to offer 18th century […]