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“Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death”

By |December 29th, 2016|Categories: Historical Writings|

No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, [...]

George Washington’s Farewell Address

By |December 29th, 2016|Categories: Historical Writings|

(There is an outline and a select dictionary at the end of this Address.) Friends and Fellow-Citizens: The period for a new election of a citizen, to administer the Executive Government of the United States being not far distant, and the time actually arrived, when your thoughts must be employed in [...]

Letters Between the Danbury Baptists and Thomas Jefferson

By |December 29th, 2016|Categories: Historical Writings|

(For the latest FBI forensic research on Thomas Jefferson's letter click here. For an analysis of the context of this exchange between the Danbury Baptists and Jefferson, see Daniel Dreisbach's "'Sowing Useful Truths and Principles': The Danbury Baptists, Thomas Jefferson, and the 'Wall of Separation'" in the Journal of Church and State, [...]

Should Christians – Or Ministers – Run For Office?

By |December 29th, 2016|Categories: Historical Writings|

Today's critics assert that Christians should not be involved with politics or government, and especially that ministers should not be involved. Such opposition is not new. In fact, two centuries ago, Founding Father John Witherspoon delivered a sagacious rebuttal to these same objections. Courtesy: Independent National Historical Park John Witherspoon (1723-1794) [...]

Qualifications for Public Office

By |December 29th, 2016|Categories: Historical Writings|

  Daniel Webster, known as the "Defender of the Constitution," was a famous orator and statesman who argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, served as a U.S. Congressman, a U.S. Senator, and U.S. Secretary of State. In testimony before the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention (transcribed below), Mr. Webster persuasively reasons for [...]

The Founders on Gambling

By |December 29th, 2016|Categories: Historical Writings|

  Continental Congress Whereas true religion and good morals are the only solid foundations of public liberty and happiness: Resolved, That it be, and it is hereby earnestly recommended to the several states, to take the most effectual measures for the encouragement thereof, and for the suppressing theatrical entertainments, horse racing, [...]

Benjamin Franklin’s letter to Thomas Paine

By |December 29th, 2016|Categories: Historical Writings|

Benjamin Franklin (1706-90) was a printer, author, inventor, scientist, philanthropist, statesman, diplomat, and public official. He was the first president of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery (1774); a member of the Continental Congress (1775-76) where he signed the Declaration of Independence (1776); a negotiator and signer of [...]

John Jay on the Biblical View of War

By |December 29th, 2016|Categories: Historical Writings|

First Supreme Court Chief Justice John Jay Founding Father John Jay (1745-1829) was appointed by President George Washington as the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. In addition to serving on the Supreme Court, Jay had a very distinguished history of public service. He was a member of [...]

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