These stories don’t necessarily fit a theme, but they’re all extremely interesting and should be given a once over.
Most of us view the American Revolution in a positive light, but some dark things went down in the U.S.’s struggle for independence from England. The disturbing story of the tarring and feathering of a British customs officer. Written by the great Nathaniel Philbrick. Excellent read.
Speaking of revolution, South American had its own fight with a colonial power. Here’s an account of Simon Bolivar and one of the boldest military moves in history.
Bat Masterson achieved fame as a Wild West gunslinger. Some of his reputation is deserved, but he was also just a man who loved sports and spent his later years in New York.
Want to understand the South and slavery? Read this article.