- James Russell Lowell
They are slaves who
fear to speak
For the fallen and the weak;
They are slaves who will not choose
Hatred, scoffing, and
Rather than in silence shrink
From the truth they needs must
They are slaves who dare not be
In the right with two or
"When the American spirit was in its youth, LIBERTY, sir, was the
primary objective." PATRICK HENRY, Revolutionary War
Oh, thus be
it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation;
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto; "IN GOD IS OUR TRUST!"
And the star-spangled
banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the
Located in Philadelphia-
Signing of the Declaration of Independence- inscribed,
"Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the
thereof." (Leviticus XXV.10)
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE- JULY 4,
The freedom of the United States
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.
That they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that
among these are Life... and,
"...We, Therefore, the
Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled,
appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our
WILLIAM PENN, "Those
people who are not governed by GOD will be ruled by
ARTICLE 1 - U.S. BILL OF RIGHTS
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,
prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech,
or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to
petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
THE UNITED STATES
"... by the unanimous consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of
September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven
and of the Independence of the United States of America..."
The Pledge of Allegiance
"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."
OUR FATHERS FOUGHT FOR LIBERTY
- James Russell Lowell
Our fathers fought
They struggled long and well,
History of their deeds can
BUT did they leave us free?
Are we free to speak our
To be happy and be poor,
Free to enter Heaven's door,
and labor as we ought?
Are we then made free at last
fear of what men say.
Free to reverence today,
Free from the slavery of
Our fathers fought for liberty,
They struggled long
History of their deeds can tell-
But OURSELVES must set us