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This Day In History July 5, 1775 – American Revolution: Continental Congress adopts Olive Branch Petition

  A year before the American-British Colonies issued their Declaration of Independence, members of the Continental Congress attempt to avoid full scale war with Great Britain by issuing the Olive Branch Petition. This action followed the outbreak of bloodshed at the Battles of Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill in April and June of the same …

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This Day In History July 4, 1776 – American Revolution: American colonies declare independence & destiny

  “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 pursuit of Happiness.” -Preamble to the United States Declaration of Independence     Ten years of rising tensions and hostilities between Great …

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Ragged Old Flag by Johnny Cash

  Happy Independence Day America!   A poem by Johnny Cash recounting the events in American history where Old Glory has flown, been shot at, cut and bled on. A timely reminder of the American ideals the national flag stands for, the price that has paid by so many that she may fly proudly, and …

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This Day In History July 3, 1901 – Old West: Butch Cassidy, Sundance Kid & Wild Bunch first robbery, Montana

  1901- Wagner, Montana- Butch Cassidy and Sundance with the help of Kid Curry and the Wild Bunch rob a Great Northern train. It was their last American robbery.   More than $40,000 was taken from the safe but most of it was in unsigned bank notes. This never bothered the Wild Bunch. Bill Carver …

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This Day In History July 3, 1863 – American Civil War: Pickett’s charge at Gettysburg

  On this day in 1863, troops under Confederate General George Pickett begin a massive attack against the center of the Union lines on the climactic third day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the largest engagement of the war.   For the first two days of the battle, General Robert E. Lee’s Army of …

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This Day In History July 3, 1775 – American Revolution: Washington takes command of Continental Army

  On this day in 1775, George Washington rides out in front of the American troops gathered at Cambridge common in Massachusetts and draws his sword, formally taking command of the Continental Army.   Washington, a prominent Virginia planter and veteran of the French and Indian War, had been appointed commander in chief by the …

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This Day In History July 3, 1754 – French and Indian War: George Washington surrenders Fort Necessity to French


  The Opening Battle of a World War. The battle at Fort Necessity in the summer of 1754 was the opening action of the French and Indian War. This war was a clash of British, French and American Indian cultures. It ended with the removal of French power from North America. Yet the stage was …

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Founder’s Warning ~ Thomas Jefferson: As Government Grows Liberty Decreases

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  “Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have … The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.” – Thomas Jefferson  

This Day In History July 2, 1776 – American Revolution: Congress votes for independence

  Believe me, dear Sir: there is not in the British empire a man who more cordially loves a union with Great Britain than I do. But, by the God that made me, I will cease to exist before I yield to a connection on such terms as the British Parliament propose; and in this, …

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This Day In History July 2, 1644 – The Struggles of the English People: Battle of Marston Moor

  A 130 years before the American Revolution Scottish Covenanters and English Parliamentarians join in battle with English Royalist forces over issues of protection of royal rule, its penchant for nobility militarism and feudalism versus democracy, moderate republicanism, constitutional guarantees and Puritanism   The Battle of Marston Moor was fought on 2 July 1644, during …

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This Day In History July 1, 1863 – American Civil War: Battle of Gettysburg begins

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  The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee’s second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Often referred to as the “High Water Mark of the Rebellion”, Gettysburg was the war’s bloodiest battle with 51,000 casualties. It was also the inspiration …

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This Day In History July 1, 1782 – American Revolution: Raid on Lunenburg, Nova Scotia


  After seven years of bitter war with the British the Americans do all they can to disrupt the British defenses and economy in Canada. In the last year of the American Revolution fighting takes place in Nova Scotia between American privateers and the inhabitants of Lunenburg   The Raid on Lunenburg (also known as …

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This Day In History June 30, 1688 – Uprisings & Revolutions of Britain: The Immortal Seven issue the Invitation to William of Orange which would culminate in the Glorious Revolution.

  “The Revolution was made to preserve our ancient indisputable laws and liberties, and that ancient constitution of government which is our only security for law and liberty.” –Edmund Burke   A century before the American Revolution, the British Glorious Revolution transformed England over matters of the authority of the monarch versus Parliament, church and …

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Founding Inspiration: George Washington’s Challenge To All Americans For All Time – To Be Freemen Or Slaves

  THE AMERICAN SPIRIT “The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen 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 …

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This Day in History May 28, 1754 – French and Indian War – Threshold to Revolution: Young Lt. Col. George Washington defeats French recon party

  In the first engagement of the war, Virginia militia under 22-year-old Lieutenant Colonel George Washington defeat a French reconnaissance party in the Battle of Jumonville Glen in what is now Fayette County in southwestern Pennsylvania.   The final Colonial War (1689-1763) was the French and Indian War, which is the name given to the …

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Founding Councils: Patrick Henry On Virtue As Guarantor Of National Prosperity

  THE AMERICAN SPIRIT “The great point of resistance to British taxation was universally established in the colonies. This brought on the war which finally separated the two countries and gave independence to ours. Whether this will prove a blessing or a curse, will depend upon the use our people make of the blessings which …

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Spirit & Heritage In Song – ‘ His Eye Is On The Sparrow ‘ – 1905

  Spirit & Heritage In Song is a series highlighting Traditional American Music. In the last half century many of these traditional songs have been forgotten in a flood of contemporary music and international cultural influences. Yet these songs, ballads, melodies and hymns reflect the events, cultural backgrounds, aspirations, land and faith that make up …

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This Day In History – May 12 Siege of Charleston, Battle of Raymond MS, U-Boat sinks ship in Mississippi, Berlin Blockade

  “History by apprising [citizens] of the past will enable them to judge of the future; it will avail them of the experience of other times and other nations; it will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of men; it will enable them to know ambition under every disguise it may assume; …

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This Day In History May 7, 1763 – Indian Wars: Chief Pontiac’s rebellion begins

In a famous council on April 27, 1763, Pontiac urged listeners to rise up against the British. (19th century engraving by Alfred Bobbet). - Wikipedia

  Indian Wars: Pontiac’s Rebellion begins – Chief Pontiac begins the “Conspiracy of Pontiac” by attacking British forces at Fort Detroit.   Pontiac’s War, Pontiac’s Conspiracy, or Pontiac’s Rebellion was a war that was launched in 1763 by a loose confederation of elements of Native American tribes primarily from the Great Lakes region, the Illinois …

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This Day In History May 4, 1776 – Rhode Island renounces allegiance to King George III

  Rhode Island becomes the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III.   Rhode Island’s tradition of independence and dissent gave it a prominent role in the American Revolution. In 1772, a band of Providence residents attacked a grounded British ship for enforcing unpopular British trade regulations. Rhode Island was the first …

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