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Jonathan Shipley’s Speech—1774

Background of the American Revolution Following the Boston Tea Party, Dr. Jonathan Shipley—Bishop of St. Asaph—writes a speech intended for the debate in the House...

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!

FOUNDERS CORNER: SPEECHES, PATRICK HENRY St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia, March 23, 1775 No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism,...

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!

FOUNDERS CORNER: SPEECHES, PATRICK HENRY St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia, March 23, 1775 No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism,...

Calamities, Trials, Justice Meant for Good – John Witherspoon

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS: JOHN WITHERSPOON 1776 The wrath of man praiseth God, as it is the instrument in his hand for bringing sinners...

John Wilkes—The Warning

Background of the American Revolution Shortly after the First Continental Congress concludes, the House of Commons debates declaring the colonies in rebellion. A member of...

Beccaria—Of False Ideas of Utility

Background of the American Revolution In 1794, Cesare Beccaria anonymously publishes a small treatise on crime and punishment. Influential and widly read, the founders incorporated...

Brief Account of the Author’s Imprisonment

Weekly Story John Bunyan reflects upon his decision to keep preaching despite the Church of England’s ban on the practices of dissenting Christians. The decision...

The American Vine: A Sermon—Jacob Duché

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS July 20, 1775 Preached in Christ-Church, Philadelphia, before the Honourable Continental Congress, July 20, 1775. Being the Day Recommended by...

The Body of Liberties—1641

Background of the American Revolution In December, 1641, the Puritans pass the first code of law in New England. This session continued three weeks, and established...

Anonymous, a Dialogue Between the Devil, and George III, Tyrant of Britain

CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SATIRE Anonymous: 1782 Not a sermon and by an author anonymous and unknown, this satirical dialogue first appeared in 1782 in...

Honesty, Sincerity, Openness, Boldness – John Adams

THEY WERE BELIEVERS, JOHN ADAMS Honesty, sincerity, and openness I esteem essential marks of a good mind. I am, therefore, of opinion that men ought,...

Republic of the Israelites An Example To The American States

BY SAMUEL LANGDON Called Unto Liberty, Founding Era Sermons, 1788 A native of Boston, Langdon was graduated from Harvard in the class of 1740 with Samuel...

Century Sermon on the Glorious Revolution: Elhanan Winchester

Called Unto Liberty, Founding Era Sermons, 1788 A native of Brookline, Massachusetts, Winchester was at first a Baptist and later a Universalist clergyman at churches...

The Subject of Our Controversy with the Mother Country

FOUNDERS CORNER: SPEECHES, PAMPHLETS, LETTERS, QUOTES Alexander Hamilton, December 15, 1774 ... Before I proceed to confirm this assertion by the most obvious arguments, I will...

A Discourse on the Love of Our Country: Richard Price

Called Unto Liberty, Founding Era Sermons, 1790 Born at Tynton in Glamorganshire, Wales, Price gained fame as a supporter of the American and French revolutions....

A Tax is a Tax

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL In John Dickinson's Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, he invites his fellow citizens to beware of smokescreens found in...

Remembering the Justness and Inspiration of the American Cause

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL In these “times that try men’s souls” I have witnessed many a true American, many a true Christian, and many...

Common Sense vs. Kings

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL As the current President of the United States continues on a course that resembles the attitudes and actions of a...

Letters from a Farmer In Pennsylvania, Letter 4 – John Dickinson

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, by John Dickinson, Letter 4 My dear Countrymen, An objection, I hear, has been made against...

Letters from a Farmer in Pennyslvania: Letter 3 – John Dickinson

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, by John Dickinson, Letter 3 My dear Countrymen, I rejoice to find that my two former...