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What is happening at LivingHistorySites this summer?

Several new and exciting things! We are looking forward to exploring history on our summer 2014 trip to South Carolina where we will be reviewing various sites in Columbia, the capital of South Carolina and coastal Charleston.....

We are also switching LivingHistorySites.com to a WordPress site that will allow you to search our content easier. Recategorizing information for historical sites, great dining locations and all the cool things to do in a particular location. We will have lists by city and by state, with suggested "things to do" and "things to see" packed with interesting tidbits and a realistic timeline!

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Rileys Farm Journal --

Enjoy this eloquently written blog post from Jim Riley, living historian extraordinaire and owner of one of our FAVORITE places of all times - Riley's Farm in Oak Glen, CA! You simply must go spend the day at Riley's Farm - it is worth it!

Riley's Farm Journal

March 25, 7:25 AM

Dependence, Inter-dependence, Independence

Two-hundred-thirty-eight years ago tomorrow, the annual meeting of the town of Exeter, New Hampshire considered its response to the Boston, Massacre. For some time, the rest of the colonies had opted for a non-importation agreement as the best way to pressure England into rescinding its revenue acts. New Hampshire and Rhode Island were slow to act, but the death of Bostonians at the hands of British soldiers on March 5th of the same year spurred the New Hampshire men to action:

From the resolves (below), we read the words:

“..the duty on Tea furnishes so enormous a sum, towards a set of miscreants, who devour the fruits of our honest industry..”

“..this town will encourage the produce and manufacture of this country…”

“..we will discountenance the importation and consumption of unnecessary, superfluous foreign articles…”

In largely agrarian economies, where meeting houses were full of men whose hands were calloused and pitch-blackened by the felling of pine trees, the notion of court placemen (”miscreants”) siphoning off their industry was the sort of thing that set teeth to grinding. Even the quills of their scribes were dipped in poison.

But hadn’t yeomen farmers always bent their necks for the aristocracy? Weren’t the silks of the nobility and the sheer lawn-sleeves of the clergy always paid for by a farming, shepherding class that didn’t really have a choice in the matter?

Yes and no. The English were, and are, a peculiar lot–the sort of people who drag a king out to the plains of Runnymede on the occasion of Magna Carta and tell him, in effect, “so much and no further.” In America, were farmers were free-holders, the notion of creating a new entitled class of court-favored taxmen was particularly galling.

Even today, I cheer the hearty, small band of Englishmen who reject the notion their liberties should somehow be subsumed into that beast of modern globalism–the European Union. Why turn over “innocent until proven guilty” to a Napoleonic gutter jurisprudence that makes you prove your innocence to the state? Why abandon habeas corpus or taxation by representation, just because political expedience, or global interdependence, lobbies for it?

In a real sense, that was the raging principle behind the protests of the decade prior to Lexington and Concord, the willingness to go it alone, to rid ourselves of “superfluous” imports, to pursue thrift, economy, and economic independence. HBO’s John Adams made the New Englanders look like a band of riotous cut-throats. They weren’t afraid of a little Runnymede, to be certain, but their anger flowed from the principle that if we wanted to be economically independent, you can’t force a false covenant upon us. You can’t force us to buy your goods. You can’t force us to be pawns in your grand Mercantilist scheme.

Today, across the political spectrum, we talk of global interdependence as though it were a universal good, but … is it? Does anyone really believe the Walt Disney Small World nonsense that if we all held hands and sang pretty melodies, it would make the Hugo Chavez types sit down and use their napkins at the dinner table?

Is there any virtue in being dependent on freedom-hating, woman-beating 8th century Saudis for petroleum? Is there anything to celebrate in hosting slave-trading Mauritania at the United Nations? Is there any surpassing glory in trading with Chinese butchers who force abortion on their own people and who arrest anyone who preaches without a license? You want global interdependence with heathens and savages and bribe-taking, blood-loyal thugs? I’m sorry folks, but people like Jimmy Carter and Condi Rice are just too bright to know how stupid they really are: you can’t have inter-dependence with remorseless thugs.

The spirit of 76 (political independence) was made possible by the spirit of 1770 (economic independence). Isn’t it time we learned something from our New Hampshire ancestors? Save inter-dependence for the gentle souls who print solar living catalogues; freedom is the work of sturdy, straight-thinking New Hampshire yeomen.

New Hampshire Gazette



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