We Hold These Truths...: And Other Words that Made America

We Hold These Truths...: And Other Words that Made America

By: Paul Aron (author)Paperback

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Remember the ladies. A Republic if you can keep it. I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country. If this be treason, make the most of it. Don't fire till you see the whites of their eyes. I can't tell a lie. These words and words like them, whether written or spoken, had a profound importance during America's Founding period. These are the words of legend and gravitas, referenced by generations of teachers, politicians, and commentators. These are the words that still inspire revolutionary changes in the United States and elsewhere. But what do they mean? What's the real story behind them? Why do they inspire us today, more than two centuries after first spoken or written? We Hold These Truths...answers these questions about fifty-four of the best-known quotes from the Founding period. This book covers two hundred years of early American history and highlights quotes from both the founders and the founding documents. Combining each quote with a rich narratives that highlights its astounding, and generally unknown, origin. History buffs of all ages will love We Hold These Truths...

About Author

Paul Aron is a senior editor and writer for Colonial Williamsburg. He is the author of several books, including Unsolved Mysteries of American History, Unsolved Mysteries of History, More Unsolved Mysteries of American History, and Did Babe Ruth Call His Shot?.


Part 1 Abigail Adams Chapter 2 "Remember the Ladies" Part 3 John Adams Chapter 4 "Facts are stubborn things" Chapter 5 "the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived" Chapter 6 "The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people" Chapter 7 "Thomas Jefferson survives" Part 8 Anonymous Chapter 9 "E pluribus Unum" Chapter 10 "Yankee Doodle went to town" Part 11 John Dickinson Chapter 12 "By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall" Chapter 13 "United, we stand - Divided, we fall" -Virginia Gazette Part 14 Olaudah Equiano Chapter 15 "The shrieks of the women, and the groans of the dying" Part 16 Benjamin Franklin Chapter 17 "Early to bed, and early to rise" Chapter 18 "Let the experiment be made" Chapter 19 "Join, or Die" Chapter 20 "Don't tread on me" - Christopher Gadsden Chapter 21 "We must ... all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately" Chapter 22 "A republic if you can keep it" Part 23 Nathan Hale Chapter 24 "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country" Part 25 Alexander Hamilton Chapter 26 "I never expect to see a perfect work from imperfect man" Chapter 27 "Your people is a great beast" Part 28 John Hancock Chapter 29 "I write so that King George III may read without his spectacles" Part 30 Patrick Henry Chapter 31 "If this be treason, make the most of it" Chapter 32 "Give me liberty or give me death" Part 33 Thomas Jefferson Chapter 34 "We hold these truths to be self evident" Chapter 35 "a wall of separation between church and state" Chapter 36 "I like a little rebellion now and then" Chapter 37 "a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government" Chapter 38 "We have the wolf by the ears" Chapter 39 "Is it the Fourth?" Part 40 John Paul Jones Chapter 41 "I have not yet begun to fight" Part 42 Francis Scott Key Chapter 43 "O! say can you see" Chapter 44 "In God is our Trust" Part 45 James Madison Chapter 46 "If men were angels, no government would be necessary" Chapter 47 "Congress shall make no law" Part 48 John Marshall Chapter 49 "An act of the legislature, repugnant to the Constitution, is void" Chapter 50 "The government of the Union is, emphatically and truly, a government of the people" Chapter 51 "The people made the Constitution, and the people can unmake it" Part 52 George Mason Chapter 53 "All men are by nature equally free and independent" Part 54 James Otis Chapter 55 "Taxation without representation is tyranny" Chapter 56 "No taxation without representation" - Jonathan Mayhew Part 57 Thomas Paine Chapter 58 "We have it in our power to begin the world over again" Chapter 59 "These are the times that try men's souls" Part 60 William Prescott Chapter 61 "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes" Part 62 Paul Revere Chapter 63 "One if by land, and two if by sea" Chapter 64 "The British are coming" Part 65 Tachnedorus Chapter 66 "Who is there to mourn for Logan? Not one" Part 67 George Washington Chapter 68 "I can't tell a lie" Chapter 69 "I heard the bullets whistle" Chapter 70 "their marches might be traced by the blood from their feet" Chapter 71 "If their citizens should not be completely free and happy, the fault will be entirely their own" Chapter 72 "My movement to the chair of government will be accompanied by feelings not unlike these of a culprit who is going to the place of his execution" Chapter 73 "entangling alliances with none" Chapter 74 "First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen" - Henry Lee Part 75 Phillis Wheatley Chapter 76 "In every human breast, God has implanted a principle, which we call love of freedom" Part 77 James Wilson Chapter 78 "We the people"

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  • ISBN13: 9780742562738
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9780742562738
  • weight: 281
  • ISBN10: 0742562735

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