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A Declaration
By the Representatives of the 

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 

In General Congress Assembled

When in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People
to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another,
and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal
Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a
decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should
declare the causes which impel them to the Separation..........

  

JOHN HANCOCK, President
Attest. CHARLES THOMSON, Secretary


Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775
I know not what course others
May take but for me,
Give me liberty or give me death!
Thomas Paine
No one has a right to another
Manís life, not God,
Not the Race
Not the Dictatorship,
Not the protectorate, not 
The Great Society
Nor the New Deal
Benjamin Franklin
They that can give up 
essential liberty to obtain
A little temporary safety
Deserve neither
Liberty nor safety.

 

Charters of Freedom


The Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776

This image of the Declaration is taken from the engraving made by printer

Rotunda of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC,

has faded badly--largely because of poor preservation techniques during the 19th century. 

Today, this priceless document is maintained under the most exacting archival conditions possible.


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The Constitution of the United States

     


Magna Carta and Bill of Rights Connection

 

When representatives of the young republic of the United States gathered to draft a constitution, they turned to the legal 

system they knew and admired--English common law as evolved from Magna Carta. The conceptual debt to the great charter 

is particularly obvious: the American Constitution is "the Supreme Law of the Land," just as the rights granted by Magna Carta 

were not to be arbitrarily canceled by subsequent English laws.

This heritage is most clearly apparent in our Bill of Rights.

The fifth amendment guarantees No person shall . . . be deprived of life, liberty, 

or property, without due process of law and the sixth states

. . . the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury Written 

575 years earlier, Magna Carta declare No freeman shall be taken, imprisoned, 

. . . or in any other way destroyed . . . except by the lawful judgment of his peers, 

or by the law of the land. To no one will we sell, to none will we deny or delay, right or justice.

 

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The Bill of Rights (Amendments I - X)  

 

 

 

Between 1776 and 1783 the United States declared and won independence from Great Britain, defeating one of the greatest military powers in the world. But by the beginning of 1787, the American experiment in self-government was at risk of failure, threatened by a variety of escalating problems both at home and abroad.

Voting Record of Constitutional Convention, 1787.  

Tis done! . .We have become a nation." Benjamin Rush, 
following the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, 
July 9, 1788

 

 

 

How to Cut a 5-Pointed Star in One Snip

 

George Washington's original pencil sketch for the flag indicated 6-pointed stars, a form he apparently preferred.

Betsy Ross, however, recommended a 5-pointed star. When the committee protested that it was too difficult to make, she took a piece of paper, folded it deftly, and with a single snip of her scissors, produced a symmetrical five-pointed star. This seeming feat of magic so impressed her audience that they readily agreed to her suggestion.

Now know the secret....

 

Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775

Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward  the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings...

Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is 

actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so weet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?  Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me,

Give me liberty or give me death!

We the people of the United States,

in order to form a more perfect union...

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