John Adams

Revolutionary War era lessons for today's White House

Revolutionary War era lessons for today's White House

The Trump administration has been hampered by accusations of foreign interference in our elections, concern over attempts to stifle freedom of the press and charges of nepotism — just to name a few of the dark clouds hovering over the White House.

These issues are neither entirely new nor unprecedented: They were present during the Revolutionary War era. And there is a lesson in how the leaders of the day worked their way through various challenges that could have derailed our young democracy.

My ancestor, Thomas McKean, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, president of the Continental Congress and Pennsylvania state supreme court justice. He was also at the center...

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