Jude's Threshold

A Tapestry Blog of Astrology, Politics, and Social Concerns

Addison’s “Cato” and the American Revolution

Modern day “republicanism” isn’t near what it once was. Would #GeorgeWashington be proud of Capitol Hill antics? Or would he have the posers tarred n feathered?

Stories from American History

The 1712 play, “Cato, a Tragedy” by Joseph Addison, had a pervasive influence on the generation that fought in the American Revolution. Based on the story of Cato the Younger, the enormously popular play glorified Stoic virtue and devotion to republican principles.

During the darkest time of the Revolution, at Valley Forge, Washington assembled his officers to see a performance of “Cato.”

Washington paraphrased a line from the play when he wrote to Benedict Arnold, “It is not in the power of any man to command success, but you have done more – you have deserved it.”

Abigail Adams described George Washington with a paraphrase from the play: “Cato is stern, and awful as a god.”

Two of the most famous lines from the American Revolution are Nathan Hale’s last words on the gallows, “I regret only that I have but one life to give for my country,” and Patrick…

View original post 30 more words

Advertisements

Written by Jude Cowell

October 6, 2014 at 4:16 am

Posted in Uncategorized

The Coyle Clan

The History & Memories of Coyle Clan-folk & Kin

Princes, Paupers, Pilgrims & Pioneers: Our Predecessors & Me

“There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots, the other is wings.” Teaching children values and giving them the opportunity to excel are essential to good parenting. However, I feel I must also provide my children (and myself) insight into the ones who came before us: our ancestors whose lives and stories have shaped us into who we are. This is my journey; these are their stories…

setinthepast

Historical novels, films and TV programmes

Shaking the tree

musings on the journey towards knowing and sharing my family's stories

Lost Dudeist Astrology

An Exploration of the Shadow Side of Lost Dudeists Everywhere

All On The Illuminati

For you see, the world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes

Moore Genealogy

Fun With Genealogy

Tired and Bored With Myself

Another option for wasting time

The Bone Dresser

...or, Adventures in Genealogy

Mary's Monday Matinee

Discovering the joy of film

Blogala Maho

RANDOM COMMENTARY ON ALL THINGS

Chips Off the Old Block

A blog devoted to genealogical wanderings - dedicated to family near and far, through distance and time

Benjamin Studebaker

Yet Another Attempt to Make the World a Better Place by Writing Things

Blog Blogger Bloggest

Strange thoughts, random mutterings

Libra Seeking Balance

Running from one end of the see saw to the other

The Family Kalamazoo

A genealogical site devoted to the history of the DeKorn and Zuidweg families of Kalamazoo and the Mulder family of Caledonia

%d bloggers like this: