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The Responsibility of Freedom

July 8, 2020 Tony Wyman 0

Responsibility: Freedoms carry with them the consequences of our choices “I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.”  – Bob Dylan (1941 – ), American Singer-Songwriter, Musician, and Poet Every 4th of July, Americans gather together to do what we do best: drink beer, eat too much and blow stuff up.  We do this on this particular day to celebrate our nation’s birth, the day we declared our liberation from the rule of the distant King of England…and embraced responsibility.   But, even though the 4th of July is the day we became a free nation, we don’t call that holiday “Freedom Day.” We, instead, call […]

History

Lemuel Haynes’ Liberty Further Extended

February 24, 2020 TFP Staff 0

Lemuel Haynes’ Most Important Work Liberty Further Extended… Lemuel Haynes, a Founder, Minuteman, Pastor and Author,  penned in an influential essay called “Liberty Further Extended” in response to the Declaration of Independence.  His work was a treatise against slavery and an influential stance during the Founding years of the United States.  Haynes argued that liberty for one group of people justly meant freedom for all. The story of Lemuel Haynes is featured on The Founding Project website.  (See link below.) His most important work, “Liberty Further Extended”, is published here for the benefit of TFP readers and to honor the story of our Founders. The Founding Project publishes his work with no changes, except to add […]

Our Founders

Lemuel Haynes, Our African-American Founder

February 19, 2020 TFP Staff 0

Lemuel Haynes: Pastor, Patriot, Poet On July 18, 1753, Lemuel Haynes was born to a white mother “of respectable ancestry” and an African father in West Hartford, Connecticut. His parents abandoned him as a child, giving him to a local deacon in Middle Granville, Massachusetts. Lemuel’s parents had an agreement with Deacon John Haynes that their son would work on Haynes’ farm until age 21 in exchange for housing and education. His Youth Thus, Lemuel spent his youth as an indentured servant working on a Massachusetts farm to earn his keep. He worked on the farm by day and studied at night.  With a basic education, Lemuel developed a passion for books, especially for the […]

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Building a Great Nation, Part 3 ~ God, Source of Freedom

January 13, 2020 Lynda Bryant Work 0

God is the Source of Freedom; Building a Great Nation-Part 3 God is the Source of Freedom is Part 3 of the series: Building a Great Nation While the Declaration of Independence was declaring freedom Great Britain, it was also a declaration of dependence upon God for protection and deliverance, as well as an appeal to him to aid them in their righteous justification for seeking freedom: “appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions,… with a firm Reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence…” It was obvious to many of the founders that God had granted the gift of freedom. In 1774, Thomas Jefferson is quoted to have […]

Our Country

Freedom’s Calling

November 25, 2019 Eric Buss 0

Our Founders’ Spirit When our American Founders saw the need for freedom, they uttered a cry to unite for the freedom of all.  That calling continues to us all today, at home and abroad.  Do we hear that calling?  Will we hear that calling?  And, when we do, it is wondered how Americans will respond. Freedom’s Calling Candles dance and then resign What passion’s left to pay remind? What moments pass that beg for change, What destined drives and begs remain? A calm demeanor the coward’s tempt, Base excuse to be exempt From toil and cause to give in trade. Passing ember for this time was made. Stand, be true and mark this day, When […]

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Founders’ Vision of Liberty

March 17, 2019 Guest Writer 0

Building a Free Nation The Founding Project begins a series of short articles dedicated to the founding of America and the ideals of the founding men and women whose vision formed a nation destined to be the the greatest experiment of freedom in the world.  Join The Founding Project for Part 1 of “Building a Great Nation”, The Founders’ Vision of Liberty and watch for the continuing parts on this website. Part 1 ~ Founders:  A Vision of Liberty People and patriots (not vast, impersonal forces) shape history out of the ideals they cherish in their hearts and the ideas and visions they have in their minds.  It is their passion, ideals and quest for freedom, […]

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Founding Mama: Betsy Ross

July 11, 2018 Joe Chiang 0

Betsy Ross…In Her Words A glimpse into the life of Betsy Ross, using her words as she may have spoken them, to tell her story… I am Betsy Ross. Over the last several hundred years, it seems you may have forgotten what happened in the making of our nation’s flag so long ago.  Here is my story and that of our flag… I was born Elizabeth Griscom on January 1, 1752.  My father was Samual Grisom, a carpenter, like Jesus’ dad, Joseph, and my mom was Rebecca James Grisom.  I had 17 brothers and sisters.  We went to a Quaker school nearby.  The Quakers are called “Friends”.  When I became old enough, I learned to […]

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The Mamas, The Papas and Our Founding

May 4, 2018 thefpAdmin 4

We cannot forget the mamas… The term, “Founders”, has long been in use, however the term, “Founding Fathers” wasn’t used until 1916.  Warren Harding first used the term in his RNC Convention address in 1916 and again in his inaugural speech in 1921. However, no one should let that latter term distract from the real work of freedom, which was fought for by America’s Founding FAMILIES…papas, mamas and sometimes also their children. While much focus has gone to George, Thomas, Ben, and their cohorts, it cannot be forgotten that America’s Founding Families faced incredible challenges and sacrifices in the name of freedom. A Different Life Unlike today’s politicians, the colonial era leaders all had thriving […]

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Button, The Most Valuable Signature

April 5, 2018 thefpAdmin 0

Button and the His Record-Breaking Signature Button Gwinnett – April circa 1735 to May 19, 1777 – Politics, rivalry and a duel Button was one of three Georgia signers of the Declaration of Independence. He served in Georgia’s colonial legislature in the Second Continental Congress and as president of the Revolutionary Council of Safety.  His life, though short, followed a varied path than ultimately led to politics. From The Beginning Gwinnett was born in Down Hatherly, England in 1735.  He married Ann Bourne in 1757 and the couple had three daughters.  The couple moved from England to America in 1762. Prior to his involvement in government service, Button was an unsuccessful merchant. His retail attempts […]

History

The 1st Regiment of Rhode Island

February 18, 2018 Peter Crowell Anderson 0

1st Regiment of Rhode Island and The Role of Slaves in the American Revolution The story of the 1st regiment of Rhode Island and of the role of slaves in the Revolutionary War is not one commonly told, but should be.  In January 1778, General Washington had given his approval for Rhode Island’s plan to raise an entire regiment of black soldiers. Over the next five years, 250 former slave and freedmen served in the 1st Rhode Island Regiment. The 1st Rhode Island Infantry Regiment The 1st Rhode Island Regiment was a Continental Army regiment from Rhode Island during the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783). Like most regiments of the Continental Army, the unit went through several incarnations and name changes. It became well known as the “Black […]

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