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    Remembering Independence

    IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776 The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America hen in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these…

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    Founders Lessons for Today’s Age

    I like to read about the Founders and came across this from the New Yorker: James Madison, who wrote the first drafts of the U.S. Constitution, sponsored the Bill of Rights, and served as the fifth Secretary of State and the fourth President, was America’s least fun Founding Father. He was also the shortest, standing roughly eye-to-eye with George Washington’s collarbone, and his unadorned black suits were forgettable next to the great general’s tailored uniforms. Madison went to the College of New Jersey, now Princeton, rather than to William and Mary—Thomas Jefferson’s alma mater—because his health was too poor to withstand the heat and humidity of lowland Virginia. There, his most…

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    Spotlight on Theodore Roosevelt

    Early life Theodore Roosevelt shares Mount Rushmore with fellow Republican Abraham Lincoln, they shaped the nation but with vastly different styles. Theodore was born (27 October 1858) in New York City into an influential family (on his father’s side). Theodore’s influences came from both northern and southern roots. His father, Theodore, Sr., was successful in the family business which allowed time the time and luxury to be a philanthropist. His mother Martha was raised on a plantation in Georgia; dividing his family during the Civil War. Theodore, Sr. supporting the Northern cause and his mother’s side supporting the Southern.     Theodore as a child had multiple health conditions: specifically asthma,…