| Section 3 -
The Famous Quotes
Fasttrack to America's Past
|The quotes, top to bottom:
These famous lines
were spoken by
Patrick Henry at a meeting of the Virginia Convention in Richmond in
1775. Henry had long argued for a break with England. In
speech which ends with these lines, he called for war against the
to protect the rights of the colonies.
2. "We hold these truths to be self-evident..."
These are the most
well known lines
in the Declaration of Independence, and are among the most important
ever written in the history of mankind. With these words, the
government was established on a foundation that, in earlier centuries,
only dreamers could have imagined would ever become reality. They
remain an inspiration today not only to Americans, but to people around
This passage is the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, which was written in Philadelphia in 1787. Its opening words, "We the People," testify to the fact that the new form of government continued the ideals of the Revolution. But the Constitution is also a practical document that creates a careful balancing act among different parts of the governing system.
The pictures, top to bottom:
A Continental (American) soldier placing gun powder on the pan of his
to prepare it for firing. Muskets of that time were notorious for
missing their targets. Some Americans in the frontier regions had
better guns with rifled barrels that were far more accurate.
The pyramid, with 13 rows of stone, represents the 13 colonies that have joined together. The date on the bottom in Roman numerals is 1776. The other side of the seal shows an eagle and the famous words, "E Pluribus Unum," meaning, "Out of many, one."
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