Tag: Declaration of Independence

Plymouth Rock and Stepping Stones

America’s First Written Governing Document What makes America unique in world history is our emphasis on local government and written Constitutions. Written Constitutions mark “a momentous advance in civilization, and it is especially interesting as being peculiarly American.” To keep our civilization advancing, let’s gather up our heritage and pass it on to the next…

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The First African Slaves In America: The Fall From Paradise

A poet described early America as, “Earth’s only Paradise.” If America was Paradise, then the institution of slavery was the fall. Tobacco brought prosperity, but it also brought slavery. Many laborers were required to cultivate the crop, and cheap labor was what the colonists wanted. So the settlers, instead of working with their own hands,…

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Gen. Washington orders the Declaration of Independence read to the troops

On this day, July 9, 1776, General George Washington orders that the Declaration of Independence is to be read to the troops. General Orders, 9 July 1776 Headquarters, New York …The Honorable the Continental Congress, impelled by the dictates of duty, policy and necessity, having been pleased to dissolve the Connection which subsisted between this…

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Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration

Happy 243rd America! In honor of Independence Day yesterday, we thought it appropriate (and fun) to share this parody of the song Apologize by OneRepublic/Timbaland from Soomo Learning.  The parody, Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration, was the publisher’s attempt “to humanize the sentiment of the founders in writing the declaration.” According to Soomo, the…

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We Maintain the Declaration

Today, we celebrate Independence Day.  While we have our BBQs, parades, fireworks, and other traditions and celebrations, it’s important we remember and teach what the celebrations are truly about.  Exactly 243 years ago, 56 brave representatives of the 13 colonies signed the Declaration of Independence, affixing their signatures just below the following sentence, “…And for…

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A Solemn Vote

On this day, July 1, 1776, members of the Second Continental Congress cast a solemn, life-threatening, vote. It was treason against the Mother Country, but it in their view it was allegiance to what was right. They pondered the moment in silence. We should too. Do we still pledge to each other our lives, fortunes,…

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