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George Washington Had Two Horses Shot From Under Him

George Washington Had Two Horses Shot From Under Him

George Washington served with the British Army during the French and Indian War. In one battle, General Braddock and all of his officers on horseback were either killed or wounded—except for George Washington. Washington wrote this account of the battle in a letter to his brother, John A. Washington, on July 18, 1755: “But by the all-powerful dispensations of Providence, I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation; for I had four bullets through my coat, and two…

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The Three Branches of Our Federal Government

The Three Branches of Our Federal Government

James Madison said, “The very definition of tyranny is when all powers are gathered under one place.” And that’s why the United States Government is separated into three separate and equal branches—the Legislative Branch, the Executive Branch, and the Judicial Branch. The Legislative Branch makes the laws. The Executive Branch enforces the laws. And the Judicial Branch interprets the laws. James Madison was the architect of the US Constitution. And he was also the Fifth President of the United States. The…

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The Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” – Patrick Henry The Bill of Rights consists of the first ten amendments to the Constitution. It limits the power of the federal government by prohibiting it from violating the rights of each individual citizen. It guarantees us freedom of speech and freedom of religion. The…

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George Washington’s First Inaugural Address

George Washington’s First Inaugural Address

In his First Inaugural Address, George Washington clearly acknowledged God’s role in the founding of the United States. ” . . . it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official Act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the Universe, who presides in the Councils of Nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that his benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the People of the United States, a…

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The United States Constitution

The United States Constitution

The purpose of the United States Constitution is to protect the rights of United States citizens, by limiting the powers of their government. President Ronald Reagan explained it like this:   “The culmination of men’s dreams for 6,000 years were formalized with the Constitution, probably the most unique document ever drawn in the long history of man’s relation to man. I know there have been other constitutions, new ones are being drawn today by newly emerging nations. Most of them, even the…

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