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The Founding Fathers: A Brief Overview
Freedom Documents On this page below, you will find many of the founding fathers documents and resources that were used to start this great nation and the laws, speeches, and arguments that later ensued during the lead up to the 1787 constitutional convention. Those arguments and all the ideas floated by both sides for and against are included in the Federalist Papers. Please take the time to read and learn from all these documents so as to be able to make wise decisions about issues that may arise in the future.
"Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom." --John Adams, Defense of Constitutions, 1787
"The republic was not established by cowards, and cowards will not preserve it." --American writer Elmer Davis (1800-1858)
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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons in the revolutionary army, another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the revolutionary war. They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners, men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration ofIndependence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured. Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward. Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Ellery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton. At the battle ofY orktown, Thomas Nelson Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt. Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart. Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates. Such were the stories and sacrifices ofthe American Revolution. These were not wild eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: "For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor." They gave you and me a free and independent America. The history books never told you a lot of what happened in the revolutionary war. We didn't just fight the British. We were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government! Perhaps you can now see why our founding fathers had a hatred for standing armies, and allowed through the second amendment for everyone to be armed. Some of us take these libertys for granted.
The U.S. Constitution Effective June 21, 1788 The Constitution's 55 writers were: 26 Episcopalian, 11 Presbyterian, 7 Congregationalist, 2 Lutheran, 2 Dutch Reformed, 2 Methodist, 2 Roman Catholic, 2 Quaker and 1 Deist-Dr. Franklin
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(Founding Era History) Originally created 1996 The Land of the Free - A Conservative Politics Web Site
A test you should be able to pass if you have really been taught American History
Take the following test and grade yourself. This test is closed book so do not go browsing the internet for the answers. Sorry, no multiple guess questions here. Of course you can cheat if you want to but what would that prove?
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1. There were _______ original colonies in America. 2. Name 6 of them. (each answer is worth 1 point for a total possible of 6 points) 3. These colonies were under the political control of _______ prior to their independence. 4. The Declaration of Independence was signed on ______. 5. The United States Constitution was signed on _______. 6. Prior to the United States Constitution, the document unifying the United States was ______. 7. There are ______ Articles of the United States Constitution. 8. There are ______ Amendments to the Constitution. 9. The first 10 Amendments to the Constitution are known as ______________. 10. There are 3 branches of the federal government which are _______, _______, and ______. (each correct answer is worth 1 point for a total of 3 points) 11. Which branch of government is granted the power to make law? 12. The phrase "separation of church and state" appears in what section of the Constitution? 13. Who retains all rights not granted specifically to the government of the United States? 14. The United States Constitution guarantees the right to Happiness. (T/F) 15. The United States is what form of government? 16. The "right of the people to keep and bear arms" is granted in what section of the Constitution? 17. Name 5 of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. (each correct answer is worth 1 point for a total possible of 5 points) 18. The Star Spangled Banner was written in _______ by ____________ and contains ______ verses. 19. The first Supreme Court Justice of the United States was ______. 20. The first elected President of the United States (under the Constitution) was _______. 21. The second elected President of the United States (under the Constitution) was ______. 22. Social Security is enumerated as a right in the Bill of Rights. (T/F) 23. The President of the United States is elected by a majority of ________. 24. The ______ Amendment guarantees the right of the people to be free from search and seizure of their persons, houses, papers, and effects.
AN AWESOME REMINDER TO EVERY PERSON WHO CONSIDERS HIM/HERSELF AN "AMERICAN
How did Jefferson know?
Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.
· At 5, began studying under his cousins’ tutor.
· At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.
· At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.
· At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.
· At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.
· At 23, started his own law practice.
· At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
· At 31, wrote the widely circulated "Summary View of the Rights of British America" and retired from his law practice.
· At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.
· At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence.
· At 33, took three years to revise Virginia 's legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.
· At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.
· At 40, served in Congress for two years.
· At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.
· At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.
· At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.
· At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of Republican Party.
· At 57, was elected the third president of the United States.
· At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation's size.
· At 61, was elected to a second term as President.
· At 65, retired to Monticello.
· At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.
· At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president.
· At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence along with John Adams.
Thomas Jefferson knew what he was talking about because he-himself studied the previous failed attempts at government.
He understood actual history, the nature of God, his laws and the nature of man.
That happens to be waaay more than what most understand today. Jefferson really knew his stuff.
A voice from the past to lead us in the future:
John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: "This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."
When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe. Thomas Jefferson
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. Thomas Jefferson
It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. Thomas Jefferson
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. Thomas Jefferson
No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. Thomas Jefferson
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. Thomas Jefferson
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Thomas Jefferson
To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson said in 1802: “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property - until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”