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Founders Corner Library Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, by Joseph Story, 1833 Volume 1, Chapter 7,  CONNECTICUT § 84. CONNECTICUT was originally settled under the protection of Massachusetts; but the inhabitants in a few years afterwards (1638) felt at liberty (after the example of Massachusetts) to frame a constitution of government...
THE AMERICANIST, CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS Christmas is many things. It is the time of the celebration of the birth of the Christ child. It is a season when many preparations are being made. Gifts must be bought, cards sent, decorations put up, food assembled, trips made, and much work done....
Individual Liberty in the Crucible of History, Part 2 BY CLARENCE CARSON Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, 01 June 1962 The ideas which would, in time, act as an acid to eat away the intellectual foundations of American liberty made their appearance and began to gain sway over thinkers in the...
AMERICANIST HISTORY: REVOLUTIONARY WAR By William Wirt 1775 On Monday, the 20th of March, 1775, the convention of delegates, from the several counties and corporations of Virginia, met for the second time. This assembly was held in the old church in the town of Richmond. Mr. Henry was a member of that...
THE AMERICANIST, CLARENCE CARSON ESSAYS Christmas is many things. It is the time of the celebration of the birth of the Christ child. It is a season when many preparations are being made. Gifts must be bought, cards sent, decorations put up, food assembled, trips made, and much work done....
Americanist Classics By Edward Everett Hale (1822–1909) First published in "The Atlantic" in December 1863. I SUPPOSE that very few casual readers of the “New York Herald” of August 13, 1863, observed, in an obscure corner, among the “Deaths,” the announcement,— “NOLAN. Died, on board U. S. Corvette ‘Levant,’ Lat. 2° 11' S., Long. 131°...
THE AMERICAN TRADITION: CLARENCE CARSON Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, Date 01 March 1964 Writers in the twentieth century have often entertained them­selves (and presumably their readers) by taking pot shots at their particular betenoire, the despised Puritan. If  Americans are not spontaneous in their sex relations as some writers would like, it is ascribed to repres­sions...
BY TOM DEWEESE Many of the younger generation must be truly bewildered over the emotions older Americans display when expressing love, devotion, respect and reverence for our country. A tear in the eye for a patriotic song... a hand over the heart as the national anthem plays... a salute to...
AMERICANIST: INSPIRATIONAL POETRY He drew a circle that shut me out. Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But Love and I had the wit to win: We drew a circle that took him in! By Edwin Markham (Photo Credit: Press photograph from the George Grantham Bain collection, donated to the Library of Congress in 1948....
THE AMERICANIST: INSPIRATIONAL POETRY Somebody said that it couldn’t be done       But he with a chuckle replied That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one       Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried. So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin       On his face. If he worried he hid it. He started to...
Commentary In 1710, Jonathan Swift writes an essay for The Examiner. Besides, as the vilest writer has his readers, so the greatest liar has his believers; and it often happens, that if a lie be believed only for an hour, it has done its work, and there is no farther occasion...
Real Heroes: William Leggett LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN Death from yellow fever complications claimed journalist William Leggett at the tender age of 38, days before he would have assumed his first political office. President Martin Van Buren had just named Leggett US ambassador to Guatemala. In the early 19th century,...
Dr. Paul C. Kemeny & Dr. Gillis J. Harp, Center for Vision & Values Recently, while waiting in line at a store in Grove City, Pennsylvania, we saw a young man several customers in front of us wearing a sweatshirt with the Confederate battle flag on its back and a...
Background of the American Revolution The barons force King John to sign the Magna Charta, June 15, 1215. Troubles await. The ravenous and barbarous mercenaries, incited by a cruel and enraged prince, were let loose against the estates, tenants, manors, houses, parks of the barons, and spread devastation over the face...
BY DR. MARK W. HENDRICKSON, CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES It isn’t too often that we remember something that happened 800 years ago. There are very few dates or events from that period—the Middle Ages—that most people remember. But one event—perhaps the most significant in the English speaking world of...
Stand By The Flag. ————— I. STAND by the Flag!—its stars, like meteors gleaming, Have lighted Arctic icebergs, Southern seas, And shone responsive to the stormy beaming Of old Arcturus and the Pleiades. II. Stand by the Flag!—its stripes have streamed in glory, To foes a fear, to friends a festal robe, And spread, in rhythmic lines, the sacred...
Rapacious royalty in the run-up to Runnymede BY LAWRENCE W. REED June 15, 2015 marks 800 years since a fateful day along the River Thames just twenty miles west of central London. It’s a good thing to note such anniversaries. They encourage us to discover things we should have learned or...
BY HENRY HAZLIT Essential Works: The Freeman Economics In One Lesson, Chapter 18 We have already seen some of the harmful results of arbitrary governmental efforts to raise the price of favored commodities. The same sort of harmful results follows efforts to raise wages through minimum wage laws. This ought not to...
Considerations by the Way An Fourteenth Century philosopher comments on good and evil. We shall not presume to anticipate the judgment of our fellow-citizens throughout the Union on these important letters, by interposing any comments of our own.—Four Letters on the Important Subject of Government, 1802. HERE BEGINNETH THE NINE AND TWENTIETH CHAPTER ————— That a...
BY HENRY HAZLIT Essential Works: The Freeman Economics In One Lesson, Chapter 17 We have seen what some of the effects are of governmental efforts to fix the prices of commodities above the levels to which free markets would otherwise have carried them. Let us now look at some of the results...