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The Gettysburg Address

The Gettysburg Address

On November 19, 1863, President Lincoln came to the site of the Battle of Gettysburg to dedicate part of it as a cemetery for some of the men who died in that battle. This is what he said: “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any…

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The United States Constitution

The United States Constitution

  The purpose of the United States Constitution is to protect the rights of United States citizens, by limiting the powers of their government. President Ronald Reagan explained it like this:   “The culmination of men’s dreams for 6,000 years were formalized with the Constitution, probably the most unique document ever drawn in the long history of man’s relation to man. I know there have been other constitutions, new ones are being drawn today by newly emerging nations. Most of them, even…

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The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence

By John Trumbull – US Capitol, Public Domain On July 4, 1776, the thirteen English colonies declared themselves to be a free and independent nation, by signing the Declaration of Independence. And the United States of America was born. The Declaration of Independence contains these immortal words by Thomas Jefferson: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the…

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George Washington’s Address to His Troops

George Washington’s Address to His Troops

This speech was delivered by General Washington to his troops just before the battle of Long Island, August 26, 1776. “The time is now near at hand, which must probably determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them. “The…

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Patrick Henry’s Call to Action

Patrick Henry’s Call to Action

  In Patrick Henry’s most famous speech, he implores his fellow citizens to take arms against the British. It’s been left out of today’s history textbooks because it mentions God. But if God hadn’t helped us, we couldn’t have won the Revolutionary War.   What is it that makes this speech so powerful? It’s Patrick Henry’s passionate expression of his faith in God. He knew that God always helps his people. And that when we’re on God’s side, we will prevail, because God…

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