Author Archive for: ‘editor5’

  • 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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  • American Revolution 1765 1783

    In Pursuit of Liberty (1765)

    ~ by James Still ~ Without a reminder, the human mind simply forgets. Thomas Paine wrote, “It is at all times necessary… that we frequently refresh our patriotism by reference to first principles.”[1] Writing about America’s first settlers, John Adams reminded his readers of the …

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  • Common Sense2

    Common Sense: Independence (1776)

    ~ by James Still ~ After reading Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, many citizens shared the pamphlet with friends. George Washington described the general reaction to Common Sense: “My countrymen I know, from their form of government, and steady attachment heretofore to royalty, will come reluctantly …

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    Common Sense: Monarchy (1776)

    ~ by James Still ~ In 1776, many colonists still considered themselves British Citizens. Thomas Paine’s pamphlet, Common Sense, helped immensely to transition the minds of the people to consider Independence. In this portion of Common Sense, Paine wrote a very unflattering history of monarchical …

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  • Siege Of Boston

    Siege of Boston (1776)

    ~ by James Still ~ During the night of March 4, 1776, Washington’s troops quietly moved artillery recovered from Ft. Ticonderoga up Boston’s Dorchester Heights, along with all materials needed to construct fortifications. Upon seeing the “Works” the following morning, British General Howe is said …

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  • Colonel Knox Bringing The Cannons From Fort Ticonderoga

    A Noble Train of Artillery (1775-1776)

    ~by James Still ~ Lacking artillery in the Continental Army, Washington approved Henry Knox’s bold plan to transport 60 Tons of captured British artillery from Ft. Ticonderoga to Boston.  During the dead of winter and over the course of 56 days, Colonel Knox transported the …

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  • Day Of Prayer

    First National Day of Prayer (1775)

    ~by James Still~ The First National Day of Prayer and Fasting occurred on July 20, 1775.  Congress attended “Divine Service“ and ordered that a copy of the Resolution be “published in the Newspapers, and in Hand-bills.” “As the Great Governor of the World, by his …

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    Taking Up Arms (1775)

    ~by James Still~ In June 1775, Congress appointed a committee to write a “Declaration” to be proclaimed by General Washington “upon his Arrival at the Camp before Boston.”  This proclamation was called the “Declaration on the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms”. “… a …

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  • Bunker Hill

    The Battle of Bunker Hill (1775)

    ~ by James Still ~ In June 1775, the Colonists discovered a British plan to occupy Bunker Hill as a strategic point to control Boston and Boston Harbor.  The Colonists raced to take possession of the hill.  With limited ammunition, Colonel Prescott is said to …

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It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government. ~ Thomas Paine