- Incredibly there is no museum in the U.S. devoted exclusively to the American Revolution. That is about to change, when, in 2015, the Museum of the American Revolution is built in Philadelphia near Independence Hall. See the AP article (11-Jul-12) for details about the museum and the provenance of the collection.
Museum of the American Revolution
By 1789 many of the Federalists, particularly Hamilton, had no confidence whatsoever left in the virtue or the natural sociability of the American people as adhesive forces: to rely on such wild schemes and visionary principles, as radicals like Jefferson and Paine did, to tie the United States together, the Federalists said, was to rely on nothing. Hence Hamilton and the other Federalist leaders had to find things other than republican virtue and natural sociability to make the American people a single nation.
Tying people together, creating social cohesiveness, making a single nation out of disparate sections and communities without relying on idealistic republican adhesives — this was the preoccupation of the Federalists, and it explains much of what they did — from Washington’s proposals for building canals to Hamilton’s financial program.