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"Life, liberty, and the pursuit of history" V-neck Shirt - Light red heather

Regular price $ 26.95 USD
Regular price Sale price $ 26.95 USD
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Our exclusive design with our rallying cry, "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of history," surrounding an image of an eagle, shield, the seal of the United States, Lady Liberty with pole and cap, canon and canon balls, a cornucopia with tobacco leaves, and sheaves of grain.

The shirt: Printed on a super soft  4.2 ounce t-shirt from Next Level that features a long flattering cut and a deep V. See size chart.

Based on the feedback from buyers, one of whom characterized it as more of a "feminine fit," you might want to order a size larger than you would if you were ordering a standard men's/unisex shirt.

Comes with a hang tag that includes a photo of the wood carving on which the illustration is based and information on the elements that make up the carving.

This shirt is also available in a super soft light blue poly-cotton shirt and antique denim poly-cotton shirt using dark blue ink and red stars, and a light red poly-cotton shirt using dark blue ink and white stars.

Care: We recommend that these tri-blend shirts be hung to dry rather than placed in the dryer. This will prolong their life and minimize pilling.

If you have never worn a high-quality poly-cotton shirt before, you’ll want to read this first.

The image is based on a wood carving in the collection of the Newport Historical Society in Newport, Rhode Island, where this carving is on display. The Society attributes the carving to Alexander Swasey (1820-1860), boat builder, and explains that it is made of mixed woods, paint, and gilt. It is used under license. Read more about the wood carving here.

A full color version of the print can also be found on a magnet and a sticker. A mug is under development. Sign up for The History List Insider to be notified when these are available.


Announcement: Pausing shipping for Independence Day week

We are pausing shipping for the week of Independence Day. Place orders by July 1 at noon Eastern an in-stock items that don't require personalization will ship July 1 or July 2. We will resume shipping July 11.


We try to ship orders within three business days of receiving them. This applies to in-stock items. Framed items or items requiring personalization may take up to two weeks longer.

We close for a week over Independence Day and Christmas. A notice will appear at the top of every page of the site in advance of this closure.

We ship most orders via USPS, so if the post office is closed, we won't be shipping orders that day.

If you need to receive your order by a certain date, such as to give as a gift or have for a trip, we recommend ordering at least two weeks in advance, especially if you are use USPS shipping. 

If you're looking for reliable, on-time deliveries, we strongly suggest upgrading to "UPS 3 Business Day Select Shipping."

Additional notes:

  • When fulfillment takes longer, such as around the Christmas holidays, we'll put up an announcement in the site and will list recommended shipping deadlines below.
  • If an item is out of stock, we will contact you.
  • If one of your items is an advance order, that will be noted on the product page along with an estimate of when it will ship. If that estimated date changes, the product page will be updated.

    Charges for shipping to destinations in the United States and to APO, DPO, and FPO addresses

    • Free shipping
      • On stickers, magnets, decals, patches, static clings, and individual button pins.

    • US Postal Service shipping - The least expensive, though also less reliable than UPS. We strong recommend selecting UPS (details below), especially during November and December.

      • $4.95 for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, button packs.

        Regardless of the number of items you order, the shipping price is still fixed at $4.95. Our flat rate shipping means you can add another t-shirt, cap, or book for no additional shipping charge.

      • $7.95 for hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets.

    We strongly recommend using UPS, especially in November and December.
      • UPS 3 Business Day Select
      Cut off time: Order must be received by 3 pm Eastern and it will ship the next business day.
        UPS's normal (non-holiday) delivery guarantee is by the end of the third business day.  See the UPS site for details.
          • $12.95 for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, button packs.

          • $15.95 for hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets.

          • If the actual shipping cost is much, much higher than what we’re charging, we reserve the right to contact customers to discuss options.

        • UPS Overnight (Next Business Day Delivery)
        Before placing your order, call 469-233-7712.

        Charges for shipping to destinations outside the United States

        Limited to US Postal Service International Service only.

        • Canada and Mexico

          • $18.00 for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, button packs.
          • $24.00 for hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets.

        • Rest of the World

          • Rates starts at $65.00.

        Additional charges for all destinations

        Some large, heavy items may have an additional shipping charge.  If that's the case, it will be noted on the product page.

          All designs are copyrighted by The History List

          All designs are copyrighted by The History List and the History Nerd text and design on t-shirts is a registered trademark. If you see a knock off, please let me know.


          Your purchases support our mission to engage people with local history and to support historic sites and history organizations across the country.

          Customer Reviews

          Based on 39 reviews
          Brendan H.
          History Nerd Tee

          Tremendous quality and fast shipping. I will be back for more.
          Thank You!

          Barb M.
          Love it!!

          I absolutely love my History teacher shirt! It fits great(order one size up from your usual size)and looks wonderful!!

          Elizabeth G.
          Superior Quality

          My two shirts were carefully packed with some additional free historical bookmarks/post cards! The quality of the shirts is exceptional. I can’t wait to order more!

          Nancy M.
          "History Teacher" V-neck T-Shirt with Ben Franklin - Purple

          This is the perfect tee for me! I'm working on my PhD in History, colonial and Revolutionary, and although I'm not a history teacher, I do teach history in my job as a genealogy librarian. The tee is so soft and comfortable; because I'm a big fan of dark purple, I naturally would like to see more purple on the History List!

          Jani H.
          Love my shirt

          It runs a little bit small, but the quality is great.

          "Revolutionary Superheroes" Super Shirt!

          I love the ladies V-neck version of this awesome shirt depicting the "Revolutionary Superheroes" we history nerds all know and love in a softer, more feminine fit. I will be buying another and am hoping for more color options and maybe a long sleeve version for winter! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

          Annie J.

          I love this shirt so much!

          Chandra L.
          Military green v-neck

          I love my new History Nerd shirt in military green, soft and flattering, and it's a very pretty color! I'll wear for my granddad who was in D-day and the Battle of the Bulge...

            ["fun","History buff","History lover","History student","History teacher","NBIS","Red","Revolutionary War","v-neck","Women's cut"]