Thomas Fleming

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Thomas Fleming, a longtime contributor and former president of the Society of American Historians, recently published the 50th anniversary edition of his Now We Are Enemies: The Story of Bunker Hill (American History Press 2010). Born in Jersey City, NJ, Fleming served in the United States Navy before graduating with honors from Fordham University. He was admitted as an honorary member of The Society of the Cincinnati, and has also appeared  on C-SPAN, the History Channel, A&E, and PBS. Thomas Fleming’s most recently published book is A Disease in the Public Mind, A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War, to be published by Da Capo Press in May, 2013. He is currently writing Washington Vs Jefferson: The Conflict That Changed America's History.

Articles by this Contributor

February 1963

What were the French up to in the Ohio Valley in 1753? Setting out in search of an answer, a bold young major from Virginia soon found himself skirting catastrophe

February 1964

He had a reputation as a bold, resourceful commander. Yet in battle after battle he had George Washington beaten—and failed to pursue the advantage. Was “Sir Billy” all glitter and no gold? Or was he actually in sympathy with the rebellion?

August 1965

For the first half hour on that fateful Thursday, stock prices were steady.

October 1965

—OR—Through the American Revolution with Pluck & Cheek

December 1966

Even the worst offender, even the most unpopular cause, deserves a good lawyer. Our example is a passionate moment in Boston on the eve of the Revolution, when John Adams undertook to defend the hatred British soldiers who had fired into a Boston mob and created some “martyrs.” There are echoes of our own times in the trial that followed

December 1967

Is it libel to say that the President of the United States tried to seduce his neighbor’s wife—even if he did? Thomas Jefferson tried to gag the venomous editor of upstate New York’s Wasp; Alexander Hamilton argued brilliantly in defense of journalistic candor.

April 1967

Verdicts of History: II -- Is it all right to shoot your wife’s lover? Do you have to catch him flagrante delicto? What if your victim is district attorney? And if you are a member of Congress? Now come with us to Washington, D.C., in 1859.
Is it all right to shoot your wife’s lover? Do you have to catch him flagrante delicto? What if your victim is district attorney? And if you are a member of Congress? Now come with us to Washington, D.C., in 1859.

August 1967

Verdicts Of History: III -- Even his abolitionist friends thought his attack on Harpers Ferry insane, but the old Kansas raider sensed that his death would ignite the nation’s conscience.

April 1968

Hardly had the dust settled at Monmouth when a major general was court-martialled for misbehavior in action. And something else was at stake: George Washington’s prestige