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Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death
Patrick Henry

In this famous speech, Patrick Henry, a founding father of the United States speaks at the Virginia Convention making the case for Virginia to send her troops into the Revolutionary War. Upon hearing the speech, those in attendance began chanting 'Give me liberty, or give me death!' And Virginia sent her troops into battle.

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Patrick Henry: Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

March 23, 1775 (about 245 years ago)

In this famous speech, Patrick Henry, a founding father of the United States speaks at the Virginia Convention making the case for Virginia to send her troops into the Revolutionary War. Upon hearing the speech, those in attendance began chanting 'Give me liberty, or give me death!' And Virgini...

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James Madison: Proclamation on Day of Public Humiliation and Prayer

July 23, 1813 (over 206 years ago)

President James Madison authorizes a day of 'public humiliation and prayer' to 'unite hearts and voices in addressing at one and the same time their vows and adorations to the Great Parent and Sovereign of the Universe' in a time of difficulty and war.

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Thomas Jefferson: Response to Danbury Baptist Association

January 1, 1802 (about 218 years ago)

President Thomas Jefferson in response to a letter from the Danbury Baptist Association takes the opportunity to reinforce to all his belief in the value of a wall separating church and state.

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George Washington: Thanksgiving Proclamation

October 3, 1789 (over 230 years ago)

At Congress' request, George Washington declares November 26th - Thanksgiving - as a day for the people of the United States to give thanks to 'Almighty God', 'glorious Being', 'beneficent Author', 'great Lord and Ruler of Nations.'

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Thomas Jefferson: Address to the Brothers of Choctaw Nation

December 17, 1803 (over 216 years ago)

President Thomas Jefferson speaks to members of the Choctaw Nation. The Indians have proposed the sale of land to erase debts owed to merchants and Jefferson expresses interest in their land that borders the Mississippi river. He expresses his pleasure with the inroads they have made in husbandry.

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James Madison: Veto Act on Incorporating the Alexandria Protestant Episcopal Church

February 21, 1811 (about 209 years ago)

President James Madison vetoes a bill to charter the Alexandria Protestant Episcopal Church as being in violation of the Constitutions desire to maintain a separation between church and state.

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Thomas Jefferson: Reply to New Haven Remonstrance

July 12, 1801 (over 218 years ago)

President Thomas Jefferson replies to objections from New Haven merchants as to his replacement of a collector from John Adams administration, and in doing so speaks against partisanship and in favor of the core values that make a valuable public servant.

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Thomas Jefferson: Address to Brother Handsome Lake

November 3, 1802 (over 217 years ago)

President Thomas Jefferson responds to a request from Native American Indian leader Brother Lake that Jefferson intervene to stop the sale of alcohol to his people as alcoholism grows. Jefferson takes the opportunity to reiterate the United States' desire to buy land if the Indians desire to sell.

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Thomas Jefferson: Special Message to Congress on the Gun Boats

February 10, 1807 (about 213 years ago)

President Thomas Jefferson makes the argument to Congress for the requisition of up to 200 gun boats for the defense of the Nations coastal cities and towns.

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Thomas Jefferson: Proclamation in Response to the Chesapeake Affair

July 2, 1807 (over 212 years ago)

In the wake of the British's attack on the frigate Chesapeake, President Thomas Jefferson issues a proclamation barring British vessels from the United States' waters.

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