Much of military law remained relatively unchanged in the nearly 200 years between the American Revolution and the enactment of the Uniform Code of Military Justice in 1950. Understanding how we lived and fought during the Revolution helps understand why certain laws were enacted, which of course informs the question of whether that reason still exists in the modern military. So it is exciting to recognize a relatively new museum dedicated to the American Revolution. From the museum’s website:
Opened on April 19, 2017, the Museum of the American Revolution explores the dramatic, surprising story of the American Revolution through its unmatched collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. Immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and interactive digital elements bring to life the diverse array of people that created a new nation against incredible odds. Visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in the ongoing promise of the American Revolution. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration.
Any description here of the museum’s core and special exhibits, and its collections, simply do it no justice.
I encourage any reader to click on the link below and explore this fascinating look into the beginnings of this great experiment.
I have yet to visit Philadelphia, but this museum is definitely on my list for an eventual trip.