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The Signing of the Declaration
It is a cloudless summer day. A clear blue sky arches and expands above a quaint edifice rising among the giant trees in the center of a wide city. That edifice is built of plain red brick, with heavy window frames, and a massive hall door. Such is the State House of Philadelphia in the year of our Lord 1776.
Supposed Speech of John Adams
Sink or swim, live or die, survive or perish, I give my hand and my heart to this vote. It is true, indeed, that in the beginning we aimed not at independence. But there is a Divinity which shapes our ends.
The Liberty Bell
On July fourth, 1776, the representatives of the American people gathered at the State House in Philadelphia to take final action upon the Declaration of Independence, which had been under discussion for three days.
Declaration of Independence in Congress
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
The Declaration of Independence Explained
My countrymen, from the day on which an accommodation takes place between England and America on any other terms than as independent States, I shall date the ruin of this country. We are now, to the astonishment of the world, three millions of souls united in one common cause.
The Dignity of Our Nation's Founders
The Declaration of Independence was, when it occurred, a capital transaction in human affairs. As such it has kept its place in history. As such it will maintain itself while human interest in human institutions shall endure.
The Character of the Declaration of Independence
The heart of Jefferson, in writing the Declaration, and of Congress in adopting it, beat for all humanity; the assertion of right was made for the entire world of mankind, and all coming generations, without any exception whatever.
The Declaration of Independence - Henry T. Randall
To the Patriots, the Declaration gave strength and courage. It gave them a definite purpose, and a name and object commensurate with the cost.
The Declaration of Independence - John Quincy Adams
It was the first solemn declaration, by a nation, of the only legitimate foundation of civil government. It was the corner stone of a new fabric, destined to cover the surface of the globe. It demolished at a stroke the lawfulness of all governments founded upon conquest.
The Declaration of Independence - Tudor Jenkins
The periods 0f American history are the traditionary, that of discovery and exploration, that of colonization. These three are preparatory, and American only in a geographical sense. Then come the period of revolution, that of nationality and rebellion and finally the present which may be called the period of expansion.
Modern Criticism of the Declaration of Independence
A more minute and a more poignant criticism of the Declaration of Independence has been made in recent years by still another English writer of liberal tendencies, who, however, in his capacity as critic, seems here to labor under the disadvantage of having transferred to the document which he undertakes to judge much of the extreme dislike which he has for the man who wrote it.
The Principles of the Revolution
The American Revolution had its origin neither in ambition, nor avarice, nor envy, nor in any gross passion. But in the nature and relation of things, and in the thence-resulting necessity of separation from the parent state.
The Song of the Cannon
WHEN the diplomats cease from their capers, Their red-tape requests and replies, Their shuttlecock battle of papers, Their saccharine parley of lies.
Paul Revere's Ride
So through the night rode Paul Revere And so through the night went his cry of alarm To every Middlesex village and farm, A cry of defiance and not of fear.
This poem was written to be sung at the completion of the Concord Monument, April 19, 1836.
A Song For Lexington
Twas more like middle May, The earth so seemed to thrive, That Nineteenth April day Of Seventeen Seventy-Five Winter was well away, New England was alive !
The Revolutionary Alarm
Darkness closed upon the country and upon the town, but it was no night for sleep. Heralds on swift relays of horses transmitted the war-message from hand to hand, till village repeated it to village.
The Volunteer
A great hot plain from sea to mountain spread, Through it a level river slowly drawn He moved with a vast crowd, and at its head Streamed banners like the dawn.
Since the taking of Ticonderoga A century has rolled away But with pride the nation remembers That glorious morning in May.
Warren's Address at the Battle of Bunker Hill
Stand! the ground's your own, my braves! Will ye give it up to slaves? Will ye look for greener graves? Hope ye mercy still? What's the mercy despots feel? Hear it in that battle peal! Read it on yon bristling steel!
The Lonely Bugle Grieves
The trump hath blown, And now upon that reeking hill Slaughter rides screaming on the vengeful ball While with terrific signal shrill, The vultures, from their bloody eyries flown, Hang o'er them like a pall.
The Battle of Bunker Hill
The advance of the British army was like a solemn pageant in its steady headway, and like a parade for inspection in the completeness of its outfit. It moved forward as if by the very force of its closely-knit columns it must sweep away every barrier in its path.
The Saratoga Lesson
The drama of the Revolution opened in New England, culminated in New York, and closed in Virginia. It was a happy fortune that the three colonies which represented the various territorial sections of the settled continent were each, in turn, the chief seat of war.
The Surrender of Burgoyne
Brothers, this spot is holy ! Look around ! Before us flows our memory's sacred river, Whose banks are Freedom's shrines. This grassy mound, The altar, on whose height the Mighty Giver Gave Independence to our country.
The Saratoga Monument Begun
One hundred years ago, on this spot, American independence was made a great fact in the history of nations. Until the surrender of the British army under Burgoyne, the Declaration 0f Independence was but a declaration.
The South in the Revolution
If there be one State in the Union, and I say it not in a boasting spirit, that may challenge comparison with any other, for an uniform, zealous, ardent, and uncalculating devotion to the Union, that State is South Carolina.
New England and Virginia
Who forgets that while that resistance was first brought to a practical test in New England, at Lexington and Concord and Bunker Hill, Fortune reserved for Yorktown of Virginia the last crowning battle of Independence?
My country, 'tis of Thee, Sweet Land of Liberty Of thee I sing Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims' pride, From every mountain side Let Freedom ring.
America First
It took Rome five hundred years, five centuries of war, intrigue and arrogance, to overspread Southern Europe. In a little more than one century America has grown to a magnitude in area and perhaps in population also, equal to that of Rome in its most magnificent days.
Liberty For All
They tell me, Liberty ! that in thy name I may not plead for all the human race That some are born to bondage and disgrace, Some to a heritage of woe and shame, And some to power supreme, and glorious fame.
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