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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: "None are more Hopelessly Enslaved than Those who Falsely Believe They are Free."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: “None are more Hopelessly Enslaved than Those who Falsely Believe They are Free.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe  (28 Aug 1749 – 22 Mar 1832), a German writer and statesman wrote Elective Affinities. The title is taken from a scientific term once used to describe the tendency of chemical species to combine with certain substances or species in preference to others. The novel is based on the metaphor of human passions being governed or regulated by the laws of chemical affinity, and examines whether or not the ...
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Thomas Jefferson: "For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well organized and armed militia is their best security."

Thomas Jefferson: “For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well organized and armed militia is their best security.”

Quote from the Eighth Annual Message to Congress, delivered by Thomas Jefferson on November 8, 1808: "For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well organized and armed militia is their best security." ...
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The Importation of Slaves into the United States was Prohibited

The Importation of Slaves into the United States was Prohibited

WE Americans live in a society awash in historical celebrations. The last few years have witnessed commemorations of the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase (2003) and the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II (2005). Looming on the horizon are the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth (2009) and the sesquicentennial of the outbreak of the Civil War (2011). But one significant milestone has gone ...
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Thomas Jefferson: "Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle."

Thomas Jefferson: “Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.”

Thomas Jefferson in a Letter to John Norvell, June 11, 1807: "Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle." ...
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Aaron Burr Indicted by a Grand Jury on Charges of Treason against the United States of America.

Aaron Burr Indicted by a Grand Jury on Charges of Treason against the United States of America.

"I consider Burr as a man to be shunned ... an unprincipled adventurer." -James Monroe to James Madison, August 5, 1795 Given that nearly every day in 2018 several mainstream news outlets promote reasons why President Donald Trump should be tried for treason, the story of Aaron Burr, himself once a very popular politician, takes on added significance. Add to that Burr’s prominent role in the ...
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Former United States Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton duals Vice President Aaron Burr

Former United States Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton duals Vice President Aaron Burr

Hamilton intentionally fired into the air, but his political rival, Vice President Aaron Burr, took deadly aim and fatally shot him in a duel July 11, 1804. Alexander Hamilton was instrumental getting Thomas Jefferson chosen as the second U.S. president over Aaron Burr, who then became the vice president. Aaron Burr had fought in the Revolution, was elected to the New York State Assembly, 1784-1785, and ...
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Lewis and Clark Expedition Begins Voyage to the Pacific Coast

Lewis and Clark Expedition Begins Voyage to the Pacific Coast

“Ocian in view! O! the joy,” wrote William Clark in his journal, but the next day, Nov. 8, 1805, Lewis and Clark realized they were still only at Gray’s Bay, 20 miles from the Pacific. Clark wrote: “We found the swells or waves so high that we thought it imprudent to proceed. … The seas rolled and tossed the canoes in such a manner this evening ...
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Marbury v. Madison: The Supreme Court Case that introduced Judicial Review

Marbury v. Madison: The Supreme Court Case that introduced Judicial Review

The first pivotal case by a young U.S. Supreme Court was Marbury v. Madison – a landmark case in United States law and in the history of law worldwide. It formed the foundation for the exercise of judicial review in the United States under Article III of the Constitution. This was the first time in Western history a court invalidated a law by declaring it “unconstitutional” ...
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Thomas Jefferson sends his 'Wall of Separation' Danbury Letter: Did He Intend to Separate Church and State?

Thomas Jefferson sends his ‘Wall of Separation’ Danbury Letter: Did He Intend to Separate Church and State?

Thomas Jefferson sent his 'wall of separation' letter to the Danbury Baptist Association to assure them that although the state offered them religious freedoms only “as favors granted, and not as inalienable rights,” that at least the national Congress could never make a law respecting an establishment of religion.  The First Amendment, then, erected “a wall of separation between church and state.” In 1947 the Supreme ...
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William Paley Published 'Natural Theology': "the Kind of Carefully Designed Structures we See in the Living World Point Clearly to a Designer."

William Paley Published ‘Natural Theology’: “the Kind of Carefully Designed Structures we See in the Living World Point Clearly to a Designer.”

William Paley (1743-1805), in his 1802 classic, Natural Theology, summarized the viewpoint of the scientists. He argued that the kind of carefully designed structures we see in the living world point clearly to a Designer. If we see a watch, we know that it had a designer and maker; it would be foolish to imagine that it made itself. This is the "argument by design." All ...
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