| Section 4 -
The Famous Quotes
Fasttrack to America's Past
|The quotes, top to bottom:
These lines are from "The Star Spangled
Banner," the national
anthem of the United States. They were written by Francis Scott
during the War of 1812. Key had gone on board a British ship in
waters off Baltimore, Maryland, to negotiate the release of an American
who was being held prisoner. That night, Sept. 13, 1814, the
began bombarding Fort McHenry, which guards the entrance to the
Harbor. Key watched through the night as the shells and rockets
from British ships lit up the sky over the fort, where an American flag
waved in the breeze. In the morning, the flag was still there,
Key wrote his famous poem. It was later set to music, and became
the national anthem.
2. "Go West, young man!"
This well known line is usually credited to
Horace Greeley. He wrote an editorial in the New York Tribune
young men of the 1850s to seek their fortune in the western parts of
country. As Greeley himself pointed out, the line actually
first in an article in an Indiana newspaper.
These lines are almost identical to lines in
of Independence, except that they read, "all men and women are
equal." They are from a very famous document written at a women's
rights convention held in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. The
Declaration of Sentiments listed ways society at the time restricted
legal rights, and called for an immediate recognition of women as
with all rights enjoyed by men.
4. "A house divided against itself..."This warning was made by Abraham Lincoln in 1858 as the political split over the slavery issue grew wider and more vocal. Lincoln went on to win the Republican nomination for president and the election itself in 1860. He became president as the Civil War began in 1861.
The pictures, top to bottom:
An early steam powered ship with paddle wheels on the side. The
of steam powered boats and railroads was an important aspect of the
Revolution of the early 1800s.
A woman making cloth in a textile factory. This was the era of
Industrial Revolution, which had a great impact on women's lives as
as on men. Most early textile factories were in the New England
3. A famous image used by the abolition movement that was widely printed in the early 1800s. The question across the bottom forced many people to confront the moral contradictions of slavery for the first time.
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