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BOOK: The Five Thousand Year Leap: 28 Great Ideas That Changed the World


The Five Thousand Year Leap will take you by the hand as you discover the ideals of the Founding Fathers and their 28 principles for success. The values explored in detail by Dr. Skousen range from the Founder's prerequisite that the Constitution was designed for a moral people, [MORE]

BOOK: The Adams Papers


The Adams Family Correspondence, Mr. Butterfield writes, "is an unbroken record of the changing modes of domestic life, religious views and habits, travel, dress, servants, food, schooling, reading, health and medical care, diversions, and every other conceivable aspect of manner[MORE]

PEOPLE: John Alleyne


Little is known about John Alleyne: he was the son of Thomas Alleyne of Queen Street, Westminster, was admitted to the Middle Temple in 1767, married Nancy Rosewell of Clapton on May 29, 1768, published The Legal Degrees of Marriage Stated and Considered … (London, 1774), and d[MORE]

PEOPLE: Jane Mecom


Jane Franklin Mecom (1712–1794) was the youngest sister of Benjamin Franklin. Mecom and Franklin corresponded throughout the course of their lives, and some of their letters survive.[1] Though Mecom never attended school, she learned to read and write under the tutelage of B[MORE]

PEOPLE: Jonathan Shipley


Jonathan Shipley (1714 – 6 December 1788) was the son of a London stationer; his mother's family were owners of Twyford House, a large manor in Winchester, England.[1] He was ordained a minister in the Church of England and became both Bishop of Llandaff and Bishop of St Asaph.[MORE]

VIDEO: 25 Interesting Things You Didn't Know About George


Did you know that before fighting against the British he actually fought for the British? These are 25 interesting things you didn't know about George Washington. twitter.com/list25 www.facebook.com/list25 list25.com Check out the text version too! - list25.com/25-interes[MORE]

VIDEO: President James Madison Biography


www.facts-about.org.uk/american-president-james-madison.htm. Watch this video about President James Madison providing interesting, fun facts and info about the life biography of James Madison, the first President of America. Gain a fast overview of his life! Short biography with [MORE]

VIDEO: John Adams


www.presidents-usa.info/president-john-adams.htm Fast, fun facts about John Adams. Discover details and info about his life and accomplishments as an American President. Information about when he was born, his birthplace, childhood and education. This John Adams biography provid[MORE]

VIDEO: Franklin's Spark (1720-1765)


Benjamin Franklin is Philadelphia's most iconic citizen, but how did William Penn's city shape the man often called "The First American"? This episode follows Franklin from his arrival as a fugitive indentured servant to his emergence as a leader of craftsmen, civic innovator, me[MORE]

VIDEO: President James Monroe Biography


www.facts-about.org.uk/american-president-james-monroe.htm. Watch this video about President James Monroe providing interesting, fun facts and info about the life biography of James Monroe, the first President of America. Gain a fast overview of his life! Short biography with key[MORE]

Quote 60 details Share on Google+ - Quote 60 Linked In Share Button - Quote 60 FAMILY: ... the conversation of ingenious men, give me no small pleasure; but at this time of life, domestic comforts afford the most solid satisfaction, and my uneasiness at being absent from my family, and longing desire to be with them, make me often sigh in the midst of cheerful company.

Benjamin Franklin: Letter to Deborah Franklin (21 Jan. 1758)

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Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.

John Adams: Thoughts on Government, 1776

Quote 249 details Share on Google+ - Quote 249 Linked In Share Button - Quote 249 An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens....There has never been a moment of my life in which I should have relinquished for it the enjoyments of my family, my farm, my friends & books.

Thomas Jefferson: letter to John Melish, January 13, 1813

Quote 268 details Share on Google+ - Quote 268 Linked In Share Button - Quote 268 FAMILY - When we launch our little Fleet of Barques into the Ocean, bound to different Ports, we hope for each a prosperous Voyage; but contrary Winds, hidden Shoals, Storms and Enemies, come in for a Share in the Disposition of Events; and though those occasion a Mixture of Disappointment, yet considering the Risque where we can make no Insurance, we should think ourselves happy if some return with Success.

Benjamin Franklin: Letter to Jonathan Shipley (Feb 24. 1786)

Quote 554 details Share on Google+ - Quote 554 Linked In Share Button - Quote 554 Religion in a Family is at once its brightest Ornament & its best Security.

Samuel Adams: Letter to Thomas Wells, November 22, 1780

Quote 556 details Share on Google+ - Quote 556 Linked In Share Button - Quote 556 I could dwell on the importance of piety and religion; of industry and frugality; of prudence, economy, regularity and an even government; all which are essential to the well-being of a family. But I have not Time. I cannot however help repeating Piety, because I think it indispensible. Religion in a Family is at once its brightest Ornament & its best Security. The first Point of Justice, says a Writer I have met with, consists in Piety; Nothing certainly being so great a Debt upon us, as to render to the Creator & Preserver those Acknowledgments which are due to Him for our Being, and the hourly Protection he affords us.

Samuel Adams: Letter to Thomas Wells, November 22, 1780

Quote 571 details Share on Google+ - Quote 571 Linked In Share Button - Quote 571 And as it is our duty to extend our wishes to the happiness of the great family of man, I conceive we cannot better express ourselves than by humbly supplicating the Supreme Ruler of the world that the rod of tyrants may be broken into pieces, and the oppressed made free: that wars may cease in all the earth, and that the confusions that are and have been among the nations may be overruled by the promoting and speedily bringing on that holy and happy period when the kingdom or our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ may be everywhere established, and all the people willingly bow to the sceptre of Him who is the Prince of Peace.

Samuel Adams: Day of Fasting Proclamation as Governor, March 20, 1797

Quote 623 details Share on Google+ - Quote 623 Linked In Share Button - Quote 623 It is in the love of one’s family only that heartfelt happiness is known. By a law of our nature, we cannot be happy without the endearing connections of a family


Quote 673 details Share on Google+ - Quote 673 Linked In Share Button - Quote 673 This is all the inheritance I give to my dear family. The religion of Christ will give them one which will make them rich indeed.

Patrick Henry: November 20, 1798, in his Last Will and Testament

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I have now disposed of all my property to my family. There is one thing more I wish I could give them, and that is the Christian Religion. If they had that and I had not given them one shilling they would have been rich; and if they had not that and I had given them all the world, they would be poor.

Patrick Henry: Unknown

Quote 723 details Share on Google+ - Quote 723 Linked In Share Button - Quote 723 I am retired to Monticello, where, in the bosom of my family, and surrounded by my books, I enjoy a repose to which I have been long a stranger.

Thomas Jefferson: Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Tadeusz Kościuszko, February 26, 1810

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This day I attended the funeral of Wm. Grays wife, a black woman, with about 50 more white persons and two Episcopal clergymen. The white attendants were cheifly the nieghbours of the deceased. The sight was a new one in Philadelphia, for hitherto (a few cases excepted) the Negroes alone attended each others funerals. By this event it is to be hoped the partition wall which divided the Blacks from the Whites will be still further broken down and a way prepared for their union as brethren and members of one great family.

Benjamin Rush: Commonplace Book 1793

Quote 831 details Share on Google+ - Quote 831 Linked In Share Button - Quote 831 Ye men of sense and virtue - Ye advocates for American Liberty, rouse up and espouse the cause of humanity and general liberty. Bear a testimony against a vice which degrades human nature, and dissolves that universal tie of benevolence which should connect all children of men together in one great family - The plant of liberty is of so tender a nature, that it cannot thrive long in the neighborhood of slavery.

Benjamin Rush: On Slavekeeping 1773

Quote 894 details Share on Google+ - Quote 894 Linked In Share Button - Quote 894 I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage, with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post which any human power can give.

Thomas Jefferson: letter to A. Donald 1789

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The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have past at home in the bosom of my Family. ... public employment contributes neither to advantage nor happiness. It is but honorable exile from one's family and affairs.

Thomas Jefferson: letter to Francis Willis Jr., April 18, 1790
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