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PEOPLE: Mercy Warren

Mercy Otis Warren (September 14, [September 25, New Style][1] 1728 – October 19, 1814) was a political writer and propagandist of the American Revolution. In the eighteenth century, topics such as politics and war were thought to be the province of men. Few men and fewer women [MORE]

PEOPLE: James Lloyd

James Lloyd (1745–1820) was an American politician. Lloyd as born at Farley (now Fairlee) near Chestertown, Maryland. He pursued classical studies and studied law, was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice. He was commissioned second lieutenant in the Kent County milit[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: Edward Carrington

Edward Carrington (February 11, 1748 – October 28, 1810) was an American soldier and statesman from Virginia. He was a lieutenant colonel in the Continental Army, serving as quartermaster to General Nathanael Greene’s southern campaign. He commanded artillery at the Battle of[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]

PEOPLE: Edmund Pendleton

Edmund Pendleton (September 9, 1721 – October 23, 1803) was a Virginia planter, politician, lawyer and judge. He served in the Virginia legislature before and during the American Revolutionary War, rising to the position of Speaker. Pendleton attended the First Continental Cong[MORE]

PEOPLE: William Pierce

William Pierce (c. 1753 – December 10, 1789) was an army officer during the American Revolutionary War and a member of the United States Constitutional Convention of 1787. Little is known about Pierce's early life or background. He was born in York County, Virginia in 1753. [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. Check out the text version too! -[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: James Monroe Facts and Biography

US President James Monroe served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, served as Ambassador to France, and even served as governor of Virginia before becoming president. He was a popular president who is credited with creating a foreign policy that lasted longer t[MORE]

VIDEO: Edward Rutledge

A brief biography of the life of Edward Rutledge, statesman, South Carolina Governor, and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Through the use of archival materials, scholar interviews, visits to historic landmarks, and reenactments, this program details the events surround[MORE]

Quote 32 details Share on Google+ - Quote 32 Linked In Share Button - Quote 32 Finally, there seem to be but three Ways for a Nation to acquire Wealth. The first is by War as the Romans did in plundering their conquered Neighbours. This is Robbery. The second by Commerce which is generally Cheating. The third by Agriculture the only honest Way; wherein Man receives a real Increase of the Seed thrown into the Ground, in a kind of continual Miracle wrought by the Hand of God in his favour, as a Reward for his innocent Life, and virtuous Industry.

Benjamin Franklin: Positions to be Examined, April 4, 1769

Quote 29 details Share on Google+ - Quote 29 Linked In Share Button - Quote 29 All the property that is necessary to a Man, for the Conservation of the Individual and the Propagation of the Species, is his natural Right, which none can justly deprive him of: But all Property superfluous to such purposes is the Property of the Publick, who, by their Laws, have created it, and who may therefore by other laws dispose of it, whenever the Welfare of the Publick shall demand such Disposition. He that does not like civil Society on these Terms, let him retire and live among Savages. He can have no right to the benefits of Society, who will not pay his Club towards the Support of it.

Benjamin Franklin: letter to Robert Morris, December 25, 1783

Quote 64 details Share on Google+ - Quote 64 Linked In Share Button - Quote 64 But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments, of their duties and obligations...This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution.

John Adams: letter to H. Niles, February 13, 1818

Quote 44 details Share on Google+ - Quote 44 Linked In Share Button - Quote 44 Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.

Quote 74 details Share on Google+ - Quote 74 Linked In Share Button - Quote 74 I have accepted a seat in the [Massachusetts] House of Representatives, and thereby have consented to my own ruin, to your ruin, and the ruin of our children. I give you this warning, that you may prepare your mind for your fate.

Quote 75 details Share on Google+ - Quote 75 Linked In Share Button - Quote 75 I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.

John Adams: letter to Abigail Adams, 1780

Quote 84 details Share on Google+ - Quote 84 Linked In Share Button - Quote 84 It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.

Quote 90 details Share on Google+ - Quote 90 Linked In Share Button - Quote 90 Men must be ready, they must pride themselves and be happy to sacrifice their private pleasures, passions and interests, nay, their private friendships and dearest connections, when they stand in competition with the rights of society.

John Adams: letter to Mercy Warren, April 16, 1776

Quote 94 details Share on Google+ - Quote 94 Linked In Share Button - Quote 94 Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics. There must be a positive passion for the public good, the public interest, honour, power and glory, established in the minds of the people, or there can be no republican government, nor any real liberty: and this public passion must be superior to all private passions.

John Adams: letter to Mercy Warren, April 16, 1776

Quote 118 details Share on Google+ - Quote 118 Linked In Share Button - Quote 118 My rule in which I have always found satisfaction, is never to turn aside in public affairs through views of private interest, but to go straight forward in doing what appears to me right at the time, leaving the consequences with Providence.

Benjamin Franklin: Letter to Jane Mecom (30 Dec. 1770), Van Doren, Autobiographical Writings, p. 202

Quote 166 details Share on Google+ - Quote 166 Linked In Share Button - Quote 166 Be not intimidated... nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice

John Adams: Unknown

Quote 929 details Share on Google+ - Quote 929 Linked In Share Button - Quote 929 The Science of Government it is my Duty to study, more than all other Sciences: the Art of Legislation and Administration and Negotiation, out to take Place, indeed to exclude in a manner all other arts. I must study Politicks and War that my sons my have liberty to study mathematicks and Philosophy. My sons out to study Mathematicks and Philosophy, geography, natural History, Naval Architecture, navigation, commerce and Agriculture, in order to give their Children a right to study Painting, Poetry, Musick, Architecture, Statuary, Tapestry, and Porcelaine.

Quote 171 details Share on Google+ - Quote 171 Linked In Share Button - Quote 171 To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.

George Washington: George Washington (1732-1799) Founding Father, 1st US President, "Father of the Country"

Quote 178 details Share on Google+ - Quote 178 Linked In Share Button - Quote 178 Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others.

Alexander Hamilton: Federalist No. 34, January 4, 1788
The Federalist Papers
Quoted Document: The Federalist Papers

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