Author Archive for: ‘editor5’

  • John Adams

    Thoughts on Government (1776)

    ~ by James Still ~ In 1776, John Adams was asked to share his opinions on government. In response, Adams wrote several letters and a pamphlet entitled, Thoughts on Government. Adams touched on three branches of government and a system of checks and balances. Thoughts …

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  • John Jay

    We Fight For Freedom (1776)

    ~ by James Still ~ Following the American losses in the fall of 1776 and prior to the victory at Trenton, several States issued addresses in an effort to encourage their citizens. Among the addresses given was one to the citizens of New York written …

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  • Gen Wahington

    Who was George Washington? (1732 – 1799)

    ~ by James Still ~ George Washington was born in Virginia on February 22, 1732. He was appointed County Surveyor at the age of 17 and joined the British Army at 21. Washington was a Virginia Delegate to the First Continental Congress, Commander-in-Chief of the …

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  • Washingtons Army

    Life in Washington’s Army (1776 – 1777)

    ~ by James Still ~ Soldiers often endure hardships and make many sacrifices while serving their country. During America’s struggle for Independence, for example, many soldiers went without adequate food or sleep; clothing or bedding. Most of General Washington’s troops, however, endured without a single …

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  • Battle Of Trenton

    Battle of Trenton (1776)

    ~ by James Still ~ It was 3:00 a.m. when the last piece of artillery crossed the Delaware. General Washington gathered his troops and, in the unrelenting storm, began the nine-mile march to Trenton. Despite arriving after daylight and three hours behind schedule, the Americans …

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  • Crossing The Deleware

    Crossing the Delaware (1776)

    ~ by James Still ~ The majority of Washington’s militia enlistments were expiring at the end of the year. Suspecting few to reenlist, Washington desperately needed a victory. Beginning at sunset on Christmas Day, Washington’s plan was to move his army and artillery across the …

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  • 1776 Crisis

    The American Crisis (1776)

    ~ by James Still ~ In the fall of 1776, the American army lost to British forces at Long Island (NY), White Plains (NY), Ft. Washington and Ft. Lee. Historians estimate over 500 Americans were killed and over 4000 American soldiers were taken prisoner. The …

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  • Washington Addressing Troops 2

    Proclaim Our Independence! (1776)

    ~ by James Still ~ During the night of July 4, 1776, John Dunlap, the official printer to the Continental Congress, printed approximately 200 single-sided copies, called broadsides, of the Declaration of Independence. Congress had ordered, “… copies of the declaration [of Independence] be sent …

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  • Declaration Of Independence

    Declaration of Independence: Original Draft (1776)

    ~ by James Still ~ Thomas Jefferson used many opportunities to oppose slavery. One example is his Original Draft of the Declaration of Independence. John Adams, writing almost 50 years later, praised Jefferson’s original draft. “I was delighted with its high tone, and the flights …

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  • Declaration Of Independence

    Declaration of Independence (1776)

    ~ by James Still ~ All thirteen Colonies approved a Resolution of Independence on July 2, 1776. The completed Declaration of Independence was approved on July 4, 1776. On display, at the National Archives Bldg. in Washington, DC, is the copy ordered on July 19, …

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