Sharla Lee Shults
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Saturday, June 30, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
. . .there was actually opposition to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Edward Rutledge, one of South Carolina's representatives to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, expresses his reluctance to declare independence from Britain in a letter to the like-minded John Jay of New York. [Click the History icon or the link above to continue reading.]
|Listen to |
Actor Matt Damon performs and discusses the Declaration of Independence. . .
Continued evidence that
America FOUGHT for her FREEDOM!
That is what I thought until I found. . .
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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Mine is a story of mud. . .
Monday, June 25, 2012
|American Civil War|
And if you want to know about this thing called the United States of America
you have to know about the Civil War."
—Ken Burns (1953-Present)
|George Armstrong Custer|
|Custer and his troops in 1864|
|Custer's Last Stand|
|Painting by Robert Lindneux in 1942 commemorating|
the suffering of the Cherokee people under forced removal.
(Image Credit: The Granger Collection, New York)
There are many events leading up to the defeat of Custer but none any more devastating to the native American Indian than the Trail of Tears. What did they do that was so wrong to provoke brutally closing the curtain on their native American culture?
Stripped of their dignity, the Cherokee people became victims in one of the saddest episodes of our brief history. Whether man, woman, infant, or young child, all were taken from their land, hearded like cattle into makeshift living quarters with minimal facilities and food, then forced to march overland to a destination neither of their choice nor free will.
Trail of Tears
(The Trail Where They Cried)
tensions between Georgia (not yet a state) and the United States.
One of the saddest moves in American history
forced the Cherokee to march one thousand miles
under horrible conditions to the Western United States.
the Cherokee Nation
they lumbered onward
Sharla Lee Shults
On Trail of Tears: But their land, located in parts of Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee, was valuable, and it grew to be more coveted as white settlers flooded the region.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Amid freezing December temperatures, attentions were elsewhere rather than on Christmas gatherings around the fireplace and times of good cheer. With act after act plaguing the American colonists, it is no wonder The Tea Act became the catalyst of the Boston Tea Party. Disguising themselves as Mohawk Indians, a group of Sons of Liberty boarded three ships moored in Boston Harbor. The result: 92,000 pounds of British East India Company tea was dumped into the water. Understand this was not your ordinary tea party. . .
|Sons of Liberty and the Boston Tea Party|
reflects Boston's refusal to return shiploads
of taxed tea to Britain. Colonists boarded the ships
destroying the tea by throwing it into the Boston Harbor.
“A crumpet with your tea?”
Not the question, nor a social party
When three shiploads of tea
Were the acts of that day!
Parliament’s Tea Act
Left people in dismay
“Good,” the British said
Than deny themselves
The pleasure of a cup of tea”
The Sons of Liberty became
Something had to be done
Things could not remain the same
Of American independence was lit!”
Sharla Lee Shults
Monday, June 18, 2012
Historical events on this day mark, among 169 others, the beginning of the War of 1812. It was on this day, June 18, 1812, that America issued a declaration of war on Great Britain: a war that would further secure America as an independent nation and is often referred to as the "second war of independence." Disputes over trade commissions, violations of America’s rights on the high seas and the involvement of the British in Indian uprisings on the frontiers were the major contributors leading up to war.
|James Madison and the War of 1812|
Star-Spangled Banner and the War of 1812
|Click here for the Star-Spangled Banner |
It was during this time of war (1812-1815) that Francis Scott Key penned the words to the Star-Spangled Banner. There is an extreme amount of emotion involved in fully understanding the era before the battle, the defense of Fort McHenry, the poem, the tune, as well as the poem and tune becoming our anthem.
As stated within the Story of the Star-spangled Banner, if anything should be taken as seriously as the American flag, it would be the national anthem. Written during a time of war, it commemorates the waving of our flag following a vicious bombardment of Fort McHenry.
"O, say does that star spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? "
~Francis Scott Key, 1814
Sunday, June 17, 2012
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|On this day in 1885, the dismantled State of Liberty, |
a gift of friendship from the people of France
to the people of America, arrives in New York Harbor.
From 1892 to 1954, over twelve million immigrants
entered the United States through the portal of Ellis Island.
This small island in New York Harbor
lies within the shadow of the Statue of Liberty.
Open portal to liberty
An island so small
Its gateway to America
Heeded freedom's call. . .
A call to come in
Away from daily strife
Where bloodshed ruled
Under blade of the knife. . .
Where bondage and chains
Were left far behind
No more tears and scars
Only peace of mind. . .
Where heart and mind
The spirit's retreat
Welcomed those who came in
To rest and replete
But not without toil
Labor nor skill
For freedom's not free
Just the free will. . .
The will to be better
The will to overcome
To pledge and honor
The beat of her drum. . .
The heartbeat of America
Standing guard, proud and strong
The Statue of Liberty
Embodied a daily song. . .
A song about courage
To stand up and fight
On that you could see
By her very might
In New York Harbor
Lady Liberty still stands tall
Her torch ever burning
A beacon of liberty for all
Open portal to liberty
Ellis Island so small
Its gateway to America
Beckons freedom for all
Friday, June 15, 2012
Are you ready to step back in time and find the connection?
Begin your footsteps. . .
Privileges nation’s laws must maintain
Failure after failure plagued with abuse
Lay the foundation for a king's truce. . .
But reissued thrice under its name
This great charter, oppressor's demise
Framed its words stalwart and wise. . .
Generations of Englishmen would celebrate the Magna Carta as a symbol of freedom from oppression. Thus, the foundation was laid for the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, who in 1776 looked to the charter as a historical precedent for asserting their liberty from the English crown. This charter influenced early settlers in New England and inspired later constitutional documents, including the United States Constitution.
This Day in History. Magna Carta sealed plus more. . .
Thursday, June 14, 2012
June 14 - National Flag Day
This Day in History
It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Whereas June 14 has been set aside as National Flag Day, that does not mean the flag should wave only on this one day of the year.
Make every day your flag day:
Salute and honor the red, white and blue!
Revisit Stitches in Time and test your knowledge
of the making of the American flag.
God bless America!
[Celine Dion (With Lyrics & History)]
Happy Birthday, US Army
"loyal, trustworthy, brave"
Support Our Troops. . .
at home and abroad!
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
|Crispus Attucks being killed during the Boston Massacre|
Activated new forms of oppression
Warnings of tyranny and power
American colonists judged unfair
Freedom of thought, true expression
Characterized these colonists
Not being awed and subjugated
By the staunch British men of war
Testing the great cause of liberty
Brought mockery to the square
As landing of steadfast British troops
The citizens did forswear
Led to Boston’s Battle of King Street
Where soldiers armed, ready and willing
Thoughtlessly fired upon the people
|Paul Revere’s famous engraving of “The Bloody Massacre”|
At the hands of British troops
Could not have been spared
By the most towering steeple
|The after effects of the Boston Massacre: |
5 dead and the beginning of a revolt.
Immediate, lasting ire
Laid irrevocable groundwork
For it was on this night
Virtual history was made
“On that night the foundation
Of independence was laid!”
Thursday, June 7, 2012
|Click the picture to get the story how a fledgling, largely disconnected |
nation won its freedom from the greatest military force of its time.
They saw the need
Desiring to be free
To fight for liberty
Taxes, taxes, taxes
Duties on this and that
Tempers roaring, soaring
Resulted in combat
Without this fight
A nation would not be
Who fought for liberty
Were it not for them
Who lived and died
A nation would not be
Joyful with pride
Destined a nation
Not to be destitute
America: The Story of Us
The American Revolution
|Click the flag to view Stitches in Time. . .|
The Betsy Ross flag of May, 1776 continues to be
one of the most popular symbols
of the American Revolution.
|America the Beautiful|
With Independence Day close at hand, the focus of Awakenings will be a series of events leading up to America's fight for freedom ultimately being won. At its center are the social, political, and intellectual transformations collectively referred to as the American Enlightenment (1715-1789). It was within this time of political and social unrest [the American Revolutionary War (1775 - 1783)] that "so many of the threads in our national history run back through time to come together in one place, in one time, and in one document: The Declaration of Independence."
Virginia House of Burgesses,
Representing Virginia at the Continental Congress
The clearest call for independence up to the summer of 1776 came in Philadelphia on June 7. In the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall), the Continental Congress heard Richard Henry Lee of Virginia read his resolution beginning:
Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
BUT, it shall NOT go unnoticed!
Today, thoughts should have awoken to June 6, 1944. For on this day, American forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France. Thus began the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi control during World War II. This invasion was crucial to ending Hitler's sweep across the European continent and ending the war.
The effects of this war was felt all across America. While the homeland may not have incurred the devastation, it was still deeply rooted in perils resulting from death and depression. U.S. history's pages overflow with accounts where families on the home front were profoundly effected.
A vile campaign to end conquest
Sent our men into battle for liberation
Beaches under incessant fire
Marked heavy casualties and desecration
US Naval destroyers fired inland
Offering mortar support round after round
Lowered ramps opened the door ashore
Floating craft and soldiers faced heavy guns
Mounted firmly in concrete fortifications
What seemed like insurmountable cliffs
Loomed eerily over open beaches
Memories will always reflect war's wrath—
The heroism and bravery displayed by troops from the Allied countries on D-Day has served as inspiration for several films, most famously The Longest Day (1962) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). It was also depicted in the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers (2001).