Tag Archive: American Treasure

Spirit & Heritage In Song – “Whiter Than Snow” c. 1872

  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 the crush 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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Patrick Henry – ‘The Voice of the Revolution’

  Lion of Liberty: Patrick Henry and the Call to a New Nation Amazon.com   Cometh the hour, cometh the man. American Profile recently highlighted the well known American Founding Father and fierce patriot – “Patrick Henry – The first Founding Father to call for revolution”. In an interview with Harlow Giles Unger who has …

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Spirit & Heritage In Song – ‘Trust And Obey’ – 1886

    Trust And Obey During the latter quarter of the 19th century the United States was caught up in a period of social and religious change. The wrenching War Between the States was twenty years in memory, the nation was going through a period of mending, healing and improving itself. What is known as …

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Spirit & Heritage In Song – Star Spangled-Banner – 1814

    Star-Spangled Banner History of the music The Battle For The Soul Of America Independence In The Balance   The year was 1814, and barely 30 years after the end of the Revolutionary War the United States was again at conflict with the British Empire. The reasons America declared war were for several reasons, …

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Conspicuous Gallantry and Intrepidity – Robert Roland Ingram USN

Robert Roland Ingram, USN NAVY MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT HOSPITAL CORPSMAN THIRD CLASS   Great Unknown Americans Series   Robert Roland Ingram was born on 20 January 1945 in Clearwater, Florida. In November 1963, at age 18, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy. After completing recruit training in San Diego, California, he requested and …

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Spirit & Heritage In Song – “We Will Fight For Uncle Sam” – circa 1860

    We Will Fight For Uncle Sam A lively tribute in song to the Irish troops that fought on the side of the North to preserve the Union in the American Civil War. The lyrics are written by an unknown poet set to the tune of “Whiskey in the Jar”. The song is common …

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Spirit & Heritage In Song – ‘Slumber My Darling’ – 1862

  Slumber My Darling A beautiful old American lullaby written by Stephen Foster in the midst of the American War Between The States. A song of devotion, compassion, tenderness and protection, apt for that era of turmoil in American history.   Stephen Collins Foster (July 4, 1826 – January 13, 1864), known as the “father …

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“Introduction to the Constitution”

  If you have an interest in learning more about the United States Constitution, its history, nature and relevance to America today, see the following announcement regarding a webcast series starting September 15, featuring Congressman Paul Ryan, columnist Charles Krauthammer, and members of the Hillsdale College faculty, sponserd by Hillsdale College, Spring Arbor, Michigan.   …

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Spirit & Heritage In Song – ‘Simple Gifts’ – 1848

A lovely early American song inspired from the communal, agrarian culture of the utopian minded Shaker religious sect. Performed as a vocal and instrumental as both hymn and secular music evoking a desire for simplicity in spirit and life. The song has been an inspiration for many classical and folk musicians including Aaron Copland, Judy …

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Oldest U.S. Survivor Of WWII Bataan Death March Takes His Leave

Buffalo Bill Cody, circa 1875

Rest In Peace Old Warrior Unknown American Hero   Albert Brown, the oldest survivor of the horrors of the World War II Bataan Death March and a Japanese war POW camp in 1942 in the Philippines passes on Sunday, August 14, 2011. “Doc” Brown was 105 and lived in Pinckneyville, Ill. Within hours of the …

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History & Spirit In Song – I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrows – 1913

    Apropos In These Unsettled & Uncertain Days – And Not Unpredictable Black Swans   “Man of Constant Sorrow” is a traditional American folk song first recorded by Dick Burnett, a partially blind fiddler from Kentucky. The song was originally recorded by Burnett as “Farewell Song” printed in a Richard Burnett songbook, c. 1913. …

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History & Spirit In Song – “My Country Tis Of Thee, Sweet Land Of Liberty” – 1831

My Country 'Tis of Thee. ca 1861. Music Division, Library of Congress

MY COUNTRY TIS OF THEE –Samuel Francis Smith, 1831   Although we know that Reverend Samuel Francis Smith wrote the words to “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” (also known as “America”), the origin of the song’s melody remains a mystery. And the history of its verses is even more complex. Read more at the Library …

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This Day In U.S. History – July 16

The only surviving color photograph of the Trinity explosion. Photo by Jack Aeby.

July 16, 1779 – American Revolution – American Brigadier Anthony Wayne Earns Bold Nickname American Brigadier General Anthony Wayne launches a coup de main against British fortifications at Stony Point, New York, on the orders of General George Washington. He earns the moniker “Mad” Anthony Wayne for the ensuing maneuver. This Day In History Anthony …

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Declaration of Independence – An Expression Of The American Mind


A good article at The American Spectator about the sentiments in the colonies 235 years ago regarding independence and two relatively unknown but great American statesmen and their role in helping America take that momentous step and move into the future. The two men were Roger Sherman of Connecticut and Robert R. Livingston of New …

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General Douglas MacArthur: “Duty, Honor, Country”


  On this day in 1962, Gen. Douglas McArthur delivered his famous Duty, Honor, Country speech as he accepted the Sylvanus Thayer Award at West Point. Patriotic, challenging, anciently inspired words that America has sadly not heard for decades. Forsake the challenge America, as McArthur reminded us, a host of wraiths will rise from beneath …

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American Treasure: The Franz Family


The following is the beginning of a series where outstanding and talented people and groups who contribute positively to America’s unique cultural heritage will be highlighted as American Treasure. You may not be a fan of Bluegrass, but here’s an example of a very talented and hardworking American family that plays their own interpretation of …

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