“Day of Infamy Speech”

By |2020-12-07T06:41:06-06:00December 6th, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Presidency, Primary Documents, World War II|

President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the following speech to a Joint Session of the United States Congress on December 8, 1941, one day after the Empire of Japan's attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Though Roosevelt referred to December 7th as a "date which will live in infamy," the speech itself [...]

Texas Declaration of Independence

By |2021-03-01T17:01:49-06:00March 1st, 2020|Categories: History, Primary Documents, Texas|

The Unanimous Declaration of Independence made by the Delegates of the People of Texas in General Convention at the Town of Washington on the 2nd day of March 1836 When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived, and for the advancement [...]

“They Live Forever in the American Constellation”: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

By |2020-02-14T23:06:07-06:00February 10th, 2020|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Declaration of Independence, History, Independence Day, John Adams, Primary Documents, Thomas Jefferson|

Adams and Jefferson are no more. They are dead. But how little is there of the great and good which can die! To their country they yet live, and live for ever. Their stars have now joined the American Constellation. Beneath this illumination let us walk the course of life, and at its close devoutly [...]

The Treasures That Free Men Possess

By |2020-01-23T15:43:21-06:00January 22nd, 2020|Categories: Primary Documents, World War II|

Kinship among nations is not determined in such measurements as proximity, size, and age. Rather, we should turn to those inner things, those intangibles that are the real treasures free men possess. To preserve his freedom of worship, his equality before the law, his liberty to speak and act as he sees fit, subject only [...]

A Discourse on Satire

By |2020-01-22T01:07:07-06:00January 21st, 2020|Categories: Primary Documents, Satire|

Satire is of the nature of moral philosophy, as being instructive. It is undoubtedly a species of heroic poetry itself, finely mixing the majesty of the heroic with the venom, and raising the delight, which otherwise would be flat and vulgar, by the sublimity of the expression. Editor's Note: John Dryden's A Discourse on the [...]

Letter From Birmingham Jail

By |2020-06-04T18:37:36-05:00January 20th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Equality, History, Martin Luther King Jr., Primary Documents|

We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor. One may well ask, "How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?" The answer is found in the fact that there are two types of laws: there are just laws, and there are unjust laws. I would agree with [...]

The Virtues of Satire: Letter to Maarten Van Dorp

By |2020-01-21T04:53:14-06:00January 14th, 2020|Categories: Erasmus, Primary Documents, Satire|

Truth can seem harsh if unadorned, but with something pleasurable to recommend, it can penetrate more easily the minds of mortals. Pleasure is what catches a reader's attention and holds it when caught. Pleasure wins over all alike, unless someone is too stupid to be sensitive to the pleasures of the written word. What better [...]

Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom

By |2021-04-22T19:07:48-05:00January 16th, 2018|Categories: American Founding, Freedom of Religion, Primary Documents, Thomas Jefferson|

Thomas Jefferson considered his authorship of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom one of his three greatest accomplishments; he dictated that his gravestone should acknowledge this fact next to his authorship of the Declaration of Independence and his founding of the University of Virginia. Drafted in 1777, the statute was  first introduced into the Virginia [...]

First Inaugural Address

By |2021-01-19T17:19:03-06:00April 30th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Featured, George Washington, Liberty, Primary Documents|

The foundations of our National policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality. There is no truth more thoroughly established, than that there exists an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness. Fellow Citizens of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Among the vicissitudes incident to life, no event could [...]

First Inaugural Address

By |2021-01-19T17:33:34-06:00April 13th, 2016|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Featured, Primary Documents, Thomas Jefferson|

Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. We have called by different names brethren of the same principle. We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists. FRIENDS AND FELLOW-CITIZENS, Called upon to undertake the duties of the first executive office of our country, I avail myself of the presence of that portion [...]

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