Brendan Lenihan is a lawyer in the civil rights division of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.
Field notes of a Border Patrol agent
In honor of the Fourth of July, we’re revisiting Ted Widmer’s 2008 piece “Where Does American History Begin?” For many, the obvious answer is in 1776 Philadelphia, with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Others might argue that hints of modern America emerged in the Jamestown and Plymouth settlements. But America’s true beginnings, Widmer writes, go back much further.