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Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation: America's First Federal Thanksgiving

Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation: America’s First Federal Thanksgiving

On October 3rd, 1789, following a resolution of Congress, President George Washington proclaimed Thursday the 26th of November 1789 a day of “public thanksgiving and prayer” devoted to “the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.” Reflecting American religious practice, Presidents and Congresses from the beginning of the republic ...
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The Bill of Rights was Created to Protect the Civil Liberties of American Citizens and Prevent the Government from Abusing Power

The Bill of Rights was Created to Protect the Civil Liberties of American Citizens and Prevent the Government from Abusing Power

The first 10 amendments to the Constitution make up the Bill of Rights. Written by James Madison in response to calls from several states for greater constitutional protection for individual liberties, the Bill of Rights lists specific prohibitions on governmental power. The Virginia Declaration of Rights, written by George Mason, strongly influenced Madison. One of the many points of contention between Federalists and Anti-Federalists was the Constitution’s lack of a bill ...
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A Congressman from Massachusetts, Fisher Ames, Proposes the Wording of the First Amendment

A Congressman from Massachusetts, Fisher Ames, Proposes the Wording of the First Amendment

He sat next to George Washington in the pew at St. Paul’s Chapel in New York during the religious service following Washington’s presidential inauguration. He helped ratify the U.S. Constitution. His name was Fisher Ames. He was a Congressman from Massachusetts where, on Aug. 20, 1789, he proposed as the wording of the First Amendment (Annals of Congress, 1:766): “Congress shall make no law establishing religion, ...
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David Pappin, President of Harvard, Issued a Warning to the Graduating Class Concerning the Illuminati’s Influence on American Politics and Religion

David Pappin, President of Harvard, Issued a Warning to the Graduating Class Concerning the Illuminati’s Influence on American Politics and Religion

On July 19, 1789, David Pappin, President of Harvard University, issued a warning to the graduating class, concerning the Illuminati’s influence on American politics and religion ...
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The French Revolution Begins with the Storming of the Bastille: An Illuminati Fomented Revolt to Destroy Morality, Christianity and Liberty in France

The French Revolution Begins with the Storming of the Bastille: An Illuminati Fomented Revolt to Destroy Morality, Christianity and Liberty in France

The popular image of Bastille Day, indeed of the French Revolution itself, is that the liberty-loving French folk in Paris spontaneously rose up against a tyrannical king and his haughty wife, and heroically stormed the symbol of the Old Regime — the prison fortress known as the Bastille — liberating hundreds of political prisoners. This led to an abolition of the monarchy and the establishment of ...
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Dr. Benjamin Rush: "(Satan) never invented a more effectual means of extirpating Christianity... than by persuading mankind that it was improper to read the Bible at schools.”

Dr. Benjamin Rush: “(Satan) never invented a more effectual means of extirpating Christianity… than by persuading mankind that it was improper to read the Bible at schools.”

Dr. Benjamin Rush to Jeremy Belknap, July 13, 1789: “The great enemy of the salvation of man, in my opinion, never invented a more effectual means of extirpating Christianity from the world than by persuading mankind that it was improper to read the Bible at schools.” Dr. Benjamin Rush wrote in “Essays, Literary, Moral, and Philosophical,” 1798: “I know there is an objection among many people ...
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James Madison's Speech to the First Congress Proposing Twenty Amendments to the United States Constitution

James Madison’s Speech to the First Congress Proposing Twenty Amendments to the United States Constitution

In this James Madison speech to the First Congress, Madison proposes twenty amendments to the United States Constitution. The Constitution's acceptance by the people of America had not been easy. Many people did not think it adequately protected their rights from infringement by the government. In order to persuade these people, known as Anti-Federalists, to accept the Constitution, the Federalist party promised they would add a ...
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James Madison: “The civil rights of none shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established..."

James Madison: “The civil rights of none shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established…”

INITIAL FIRST AMENDMENT PROPOSALS OF JAMES MADISON, JUNE 8, 1789: “The civil rights of none shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established, nor shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any manner, or on any pretext infringed.” (Annals of the Congress of the United States - First Congress, Washington DC: Gales & Seaton, ...
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William Wilberforce gives His Passionate “Abolition Speech” to the House of Commons to Convince them that Slavery Must be Abolished

William Wilberforce gives His Passionate “Abolition Speech” to the House of Commons to Convince them that Slavery Must be Abolished

William Wilberforce was a member of the British Parliament who converted to Christianity and later became an abolitionist. As a Christian, he sought to reform the evils within himself and the world and since one of the glaring moral issues of his day was slavery, he read up on the subject and met some anti-slavery activists. On May 12, 1789, he delivered his Abolition Speech before ...
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Inauguration of President Washington: He Gives a Religious Address and Places Hand on Bible Verse Prophesying America as a Covenant Nation?

Inauguration of President Washington: He Gives a Religious Address and Places Hand on Bible Verse Prophesying America as a Covenant Nation?

David Barton of Wallbuilders gives some details of the inauguration of the first President of the U.S.: Constitutional experts abounded in 1789 at America’s first presidential inauguration. Not only was the inauguree a signer of the Constitution but one fourth of the members of the Congress that organized and directed his inauguration had been delegates with him to the Constitutional Convention that produced the Constitution. Furthermore, ...
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The Fourth and Final United American Republic is Founded: The United States of America: We the People

The Fourth and Final United American Republic is Founded: The United States of America: We the People

The United States House of Representatives (HR) and Senate in Congress Assembled were formed by 11 states with the United States Constitution of 1787’s enactment on March 4th, 1789. The republic is currently governed under this United States Constitution and its 27 Amendments. Frederick Muhlenberg served as the first Speaker of the House, Vice President John Adams served as the first President of the Senate, John Jay ...
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General George Washington Elected as the First President of the United States

General George Washington Elected as the First President of the United States

General George Washington elected as the first President of the United States; first Congress under new Constitution. Jefferson returns to U.S. to become first Secretary of State; Hamilton becomes first Secretary of the Treasury. There were no political parties at the time of the first political election - there were only federalists (for ratification of the constitution) and anti-federalists (against ratification of the constitution). Over 90 ...
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The US Constitution was Ratified when New Hampshire Became the 9th State to Ratify the Constitution, as Specified in Article 7 of the Constitution

The US Constitution was Ratified when New Hampshire Became the 9th State to Ratify the Constitution, as Specified in Article 7 of the Constitution

It was 11 years after the Declaration of Independence—and four years after American victory in the Revolutionary War—when a small group of delegates convened in Philadelphia to create a new charter for governing the young nation. The result was the longest lasting, most successful, most enviable, and most imitated constitution man has ever known. The United States Constitution has secured an unprecedented degree of human freedom, ...
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James Madison: "There are More Instances of the Abridgment of Freedom... by Gradual & Silent Encroachments of Those in Power than by Violent and Sudden Usurpations."

James Madison: “There are More Instances of the Abridgment of Freedom… by Gradual & Silent Encroachments of Those in Power than by Violent and Sudden Usurpations.”

James Madison (1751-1836) helped frame the Bill of Rights, member of the Continental Congress and rapporteur at the Constitutional Convention in 1776 and 4th President of the United States: In an address to the Virginia Convention he said: I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden ...
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George Washington: "It (is)... little short of a miracle, that the delegates from so many different states should unite in forming a system of national Government"

George Washington: “It (is)… little short of a miracle, that the delegates from so many different states should unite in forming a system of national Government”

In a letter from Washington to Lafayette on 7 Feb. 1788: “It appears to me, then, little short of a miracle, that the delegates from so many different states (which states you know are also different from each other in their manners, circumstances, and prejudices) should unite in forming a system of national Government, so little liable to well-founded objections.” - quoted in Catherine Drinker Bowen, ...
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Washington: "(The U.S.A.) can never be in danger of degenerating into a(n)... oppressive form so long as there shall remain any virtue in the body of the people."

Washington: “(The U.S.A.) can never be in danger of degenerating into a(n)… oppressive form so long as there shall remain any virtue in the body of the people.”

In a letter to Marquis De Lafayette, February 7, 1788, George Washington wrote this: [T]he [federal] government . . . can never be in danger of degenerating into a monarchy, and oligarchy, an aristocracy, or any other despotic or oppressive form so long as there shall remain any virtue in the body of the people. (Source: George Washington, The Writings of George Washington, John C. Fitzpatrick, ...
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Signing of the Constitution

Signing of the Constitution

In a warm room in Philadelphia, 39 men signed the document that formed our nation. With each passing year, America continues her record of having the longest on-going constitutional republic in history. “Done…the seventeenth day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven.” This is the last line of the U.S. Constitution. Signer of the Constitution James McHenry noted ...
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The Northwest Ordinance is Passed by Continental Congress

The Northwest Ordinance is Passed by Continental Congress

In 1781, Virginia began by ceding its extensive land claims to Congress, a move that made other states more comfortable in doing the same. In 1784, Thomas Jefferson first proposed a method of incorporating these western territories into the United States. His plan effectively turned the territories into colonies of the existing states. Ten new northwestern territories would select the constitution of an existing state and ...
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Benjamin Franklin's Appeal to Prayer During Constitutional Convention

Benjamin Franklin’s Appeal to Prayer During Constitutional Convention

The Actual Events as historically documented JUNE 28, 1787: [below is the speech by Benjamin Franklin and the reports of other who have been recorded as having spoken. As recorded by James Madison and published for the first time in 1840.] Mr. President, The small progress we have made after 4 or five weeks close attendance & continual reasonings with each other---our different sentiments on almost ...
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Ben Franklin: "...There are Two Passions Which have a Powerful Influence in the Affairs of Men – the Love of Power and the Love of Money."

Ben Franklin: “…There are Two Passions Which have a Powerful Influence in the Affairs of Men – the Love of Power and the Love of Money.”

Ben Franklin address at the Constitutional Convention titled “Dangers of a Salaried Bureaucracy,” June 2, 1787: "It is with reluctance that I rise to express a disapprobation of any one article of the plan for which we are so much obliged to the honorable gentlemen who laid it before us. From its first reading I have borne a good will to it, and, in general, wished ...
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The Constitutional Convention Begins in Philadelphia on May 25th and Ends on Sept 17th with the Miracle of the Constitution

The Constitutional Convention Begins in Philadelphia on May 25th and Ends on Sept 17th with the Miracle of the Constitution

The Constitutional Convention takes place in Philadelphia and, by the account of many participants during the process, ends with a miracle of divine providence in the formation of the constitution that provided the American people with a people's government assuring their rights and freedom, with a balance of powers, and equal representation for all states. "Miracle at Philadelphia " is in fact a quote from a ...
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Thomas Jefferson: "I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”

Thomas Jefferson: “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”

This is actually a translation of a Latin phrase that Thomas Jefferson used: Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem. It has also been translated as, "I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude." Paris Jan. 30. 1787. Dear Sir My last to you was of the 16th of Dec. since which I have received yours of Nov. 25. and Dec. 4. which afforded ...
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George Washington: "Paper money will... ruin commerce, oppress the honest, and open the door to every species of fraud and injustice"

George Washington: “Paper money will… ruin commerce, oppress the honest, and open the door to every species of fraud and injustice”

But if in the pursuit of the means we should unfortunately stumble again on unfunded paper money or any similar species of fraud, we shall assuredly give a fatal stab to our national credit in its infancy. Paper money will invariably operate in the body of politics as spirit liquors on the human body. They prey on the vitals and ultimately destroy them. Paper money has ...
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Jefferson Passed the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom ending the State-Established Church in Virginia and Placing All Religions on Equal Footing

Jefferson Passed the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom ending the State-Established Church in Virginia and Placing All Religions on Equal Footing

Religious Freedom Day is celebrated in America each year on January 16 — the date of the 1786 passage of Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom. That measure ended the state-established church in Virginia and for the first time placed all denominations on the same legal footing. That act fully protected the right of religious conscience — one of the first rights protected in America ...
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Thomas Jefferson on Farmers: "They are the Most Vigorous, the Most Independent, the Most Virtuous, and they are Tied to their Country and... it's Liberty"

Thomas Jefferson on Farmers: “They are the Most Vigorous, the Most Independent, the Most Virtuous, and they are Tied to their Country and… it’s Liberty”

Thomas Jefferson Letter to John Jay, August 23, 1785: "Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independant, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to it's liberty and interests by the most lasting bands." ...
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The Treaty of Paris of 1783, Negotiated Between the United States and Great Britain, Ended the Revolutionary War and Recognized American Independence

The Treaty of Paris of 1783, Negotiated Between the United States and Great Britain, Ended the Revolutionary War and Recognized American Independence

On 3 September 1783, the Peace of Paris was signed and the American War for Independence officially ended. The following excerpt from John Ferling’s Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence recounts the war’s final moments, when Washington bid farewell to his troops. The war was truly over. It had lasted well over eight years, 104 blood-drenched months to be exact. As is ...
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The Newburgh Conspiracy and George Washington's Powerful Speech to Calm It

The Newburgh Conspiracy and George Washington’s Powerful Speech to Calm It

One of the early threats to the republic came in March 1783, when a group of officers in the Continental Army decided to challenge the authority of the Congress. The incident was caused by the inability of Congress to pay the members of the military. Under the Articles of Confederation, the Congress could not tax the states to raise revenue. Instead, it relied on voluntary payments from ...
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Congress approved the Printing of the First English-language Bible in America called “the Bible of the Revolution”

Congress approved the Printing of the First English-language Bible in America called “the Bible of the Revolution”

On Sept. 12, 1782, Congress approved of Robert Aitken’s printing of the Bible. Called “the Bible of the Revolution,” it was the first English-language Bible printed in America and the only Bible ever authorized by an act of Congress: Endorsement of Congress Honble James Duane, Esq. Chairman, and the other Honble Gentlemen of the Committee of Congress on Mr. Aitken’s Memorial. Whereupon, Resolved, that the United ...
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The United States of America: A Perpetual Union was Founded by 13 States with the Enactment of the Articles of Confederation

The United States of America: A Perpetual Union was Founded by 13 States with the Enactment of the Articles of Confederation

The United States in Congress Assembled (USCA), the third united American republic, was formed by 13 States with the Articles of Confederation’s enactment on March 1st, 1781, and expired on March 3rd, 1789, with the implementation of the current U.S. Constitution on March 4th, 1789. The republic was constitutionally governed under Articles of Confederation with state quorums on important matters requiring nine members with a two ...
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Kate Moore Barry, the “Heroine of the Battle of Cowpens", Rides Through the Back Trails of South Carolina to Warn of Approaching British Troops

Kate Moore Barry, the “Heroine of the Battle of Cowpens”, Rides Through the Back Trails of South Carolina to Warn of Approaching British Troops

Catherine “Kate” Moore Barry, the “Heroine of the Battle of Cowpens,” rode through the back trails of South Carolina to warn of approaching British troops and round up militia, including her husband, to join General Daniel Morgan for the Battle of Cowpens, Jan. 17, 1781. Catherine Moore Barry served her country with bravery and intelligence as a spy and messenger, and was instrumental in the pivotal ...
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General Benedict Arnold made His Decision to Betray America

General Benedict Arnold made His Decision to Betray America

In July of 1775, General Washington appointed Dr. Benjamin Church as the first surgeon general of the Continental Army. Three months later, Washington discovered Dr. Church had been spying for the British, writing coded messages address to British officer, Major Crane. Washington informed the Continental Congress, Oct. 5, 1775: "I have now a painful tho' a Necessary Duty to perform respecting Doctor Church, Director General of ...
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