President Jefferson wrote
in the Declaration of Independence:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal..."
"Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved."
Thomas Jefferson, was the 3rd President of the United States of America, from 1801 to 1809. Congress had appointed 5 men to prepare this proclamation, and Jefferson was the greatest contributor of the words contained in the document, and described the Declaration of Independence as "An expression of the American mind."
It was a declaration of independence for the colonies of the 13 States, in America, from Great Britian and was adopted on July 4, 1776 by the Second Continental Congress, when John Hancock, who was the President of the Congress, accepted and signed it. All the men who signed the document, knew that they had placed themselves in grave danger, but were willing to risk their live for what they believed.
Jefferson used many of the ideas from John Locke who was an English Philosopher who argued against the philosopy that human beings were born with certain ideas. He believed that the mind was blank and only through experience, a person would begin to enter ideas. He was totally against the devine right of kings and argued that governments depended on the consent of the governed. The main ideas brought forth were that all men were created equal; that man had natural rights which were granted by God; that government could only have so much power in the lives of the people, and could only be governed by the agreement of the people; and the right of the people to rebel against a government which wanted to impose dictatorship or tyrany to its people.
Thomas Jefferson was born in 1743 and died in 1826. His picture is on the $2 dollar bill (Two Dollar Bill) and the nickle. He is considered to have been one of our greatest Presidents. He wrote these words on his own gravestone: "Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, of the statute of Virgina for religious freedom, and father of the University of Virginia."
The 13 Colonies were
New Hampshire|New Jersey|New York
Rhode Island|South Carolina|Virginia
The Pledge of Alligiance
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands. One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag,
and to the Savior, for whose Kingdom
it stands, one Savior, crucified,
risen, and coming again, with life
and liberty for all who believe.
- Quote by Dan Quayle
Benjamin Franklin Was a scientist, author, printer, signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States, and was Governor of Pennsylvainia.
Alexander Hamilton signed the Constitution and wrote 51 of the 85 Federalist Papers, which powerfully made the case for ratifying the Constitution. One Nation Under God
Many a boy has discovered that real freedom is never gained by breaking legitimate laws."Obedience to Law is Liberty" is the appropriate inscription over the massive entrance of a great courthouse in Cleveland, and it is wonderfully true. There is no real liberty in any other course. Just doing what you please, and following that impulse, is not true freedom. Obeying a sudden impulse to follow the primerose path usually starts or strengthens some bad habit and destroys by just so much our freedom. A lawless person is never free. He is a victim of his own unaccountable impulses and soon a slave to his bad habits.
- George Walter Fiske
4th Of July Celebration!
A Historic Letter
When the Declaration of Independence was declared, John Adams wrote this historic letter to his wife:
"I am apt to believe that this day will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of
deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore."