It’s a running joke in New Jersey that you can’t go anywhere without finding a place that George Washington stayed. As the Revolutionary War criss-crossed the state, the Continental Army and General Washington were rather everywhere. This past weekend, T and I took a visit to one of those places, the Ford House in Morristown.
The house was the home of a well-off family of Patriots and while the Continental Army camped just south of the town in the bitterly cold winter of 1779-1780, Washington and his advisors planned the next step in a war that was in a rough patch that year.
In the 7th grade, I’ve just finished teaching the Revolutionary War and the writing of the Constitution. It’s refreshing to think about a time in American history when leaders and citizens worked together to make sacrifices and rise above their disagreements. When I bring my thoughts to the modern world, I dread the thought that compromise in the name of moving forward as a nation is no longer among our talents.