By Annie St. Francis – Reprinted with permission from The Repository Project
As America celebrates Independence Day, we wish everyone a happy, healthy, safe, fun and festive 4th of July. We are blessed to live in a great nation!
We also hope you are, each and every one, engaged in the best of summer reading. We’d like to take this opportunity to offer an excellent reading selection.
The Indispensables: The Diverse Soldier-Mariners Who Shaped the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware
By Patrick K. O’Donnell
On the stormy night of August 29, 1776, the Continental Army faced capture or annihilation after losing the Battle of Brooklyn. The British had trapped George Washington’s forces against the East River, and the fate of the Revolution rested upon the shoulders of the soldier-mariners from Marblehead, Massachusetts. Serving side by side in one of the country’s first diverse units, they pulled off an “American Dunkirk” and saved the army by transporting it across the treacherous waters of the river to Manhattan.In the annals of the American Revolution, no group played a more consequential role than the Marbleheaders. At the right time in the right place, they repeatedly altered the course of events, and their story shines new light on our understanding of the Revolution. As acclaimed historian Patrick K. O’Donnell dramatically recounts, beginning nearly a decade before the war started, and in the midst of a raging virus that divided the town politically, Marbleheaders such as Elbridge Gerry and Azor Orne spearheaded the break with Britain and shaped the nascent United States by playing a crucial role governing, building alliances, seizing British ships, forging critical supply lines, and establishing the origins of the US Navy.
We also encourage everyone to read, understand, and know the U.S. Constitution. If you don’t yet have a personal copy of the most important governing document of these United States, this is a great time to order yours.
“We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union…” — The U.S Constitution
The U.S. Constitution and Other Writings is part of the Leather-bound Classics series and is a collection of the crucial documents, speeches, and other writings that shaped the United States. In addition to the Constitution, readers can review the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Federalist Papers, important presidential speeches, and many others. Both famous and lesser-known, but equally important, Americans are represented, including Benjamin Franklin, Victoria Woodhull, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, and even the creators of the rules of baseball. The founders’ inspirational and revolutionary ideals are all here, and this is a perfect volume for anyone who finds the history of America to be a fascinating and enlightening journey.
Posted at Breitbart: “13 Patriotic Quotes from America’s Founding Fathers” By Hannah Bleau
Thoughtful Quotes to Share…
“For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Where liberty dwells, there is my country.”
– Benjamin Franklin
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.”
– Thomas Paine
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
– Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address 1863
“It will be celebrated with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.”
– John Adams
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