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Washington's Personal Copy of the Declaration of Independence (Top Treasure): American Treasures of the Library of Congress

Washington's Personal Copy of the Declaration of Independence (Top Treasure): American Treasures of the Library of Congress | Historical Wisdom | Scoop.it
Top Treasure (Washington's Personal Copy of the Declaration of Independence ).
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History | PBS Video

History | PBS Video | Historical Wisdom | Scoop.it
Journey back in time to understand the events that shaped the society we live in today. Witness the rise and fall of magnificent empires and explore the lives of some of history’s most powerful and influential people through in-depth biographies.


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Image credit: Leaders of the Continental Congress--John Adams, Morris, Hamilton, Jefferson Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division LC-USZC4-7216.

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Watch now: The Presidents: FDR | American Experience | PBS Video

Part of the award-winning The Presidents collection.
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Watch now: Freedom Riders | American Experience | PBS Video

The story behind civil rights activists who challenged segregation in the American South.
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Watch now: Riding the Rails | American Experience | PBS Video

During the Great Depression, more than 250,000 teenagers lived on the road in America.
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Watch now: Money, Power and Wall Street: Part One | FRONTLINE | PBS Video

Inside the epic rise of a new financial order -- and the trouble that followed...
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Watch now: Money, Power and Wall Street: Part Three | FRONTLINE | PBS Video

How Obama inherited a financial crisis that would define his first term...
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Watch now: The Crash of 1929 | American Experience | PBS Video

It was a time when the stock market epitomized the false promise of permanent prosperity.
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Watch now: Dolley Madison | American Experience | PBS Video

She defined the role of the President's wife and changed the face of the presidency.
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The True Story of The Boston Tea Party

The Boston Tea party, historically, has served as a reference point for true patriotism. May it continue to inspire true patriotism now, in our fight against...
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Cashon Delivery: The Boston Tea Party of 1773

Cashon Delivery: The Boston Tea Party of 1773 | Historical Wisdom | Scoop.it

The Boston Tea Party is one of the most cherished stories from the founding of our country. This is one of the events that inspired the American colonists to stand up against tyranny imposed on them from the British government.

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Cashon Delivery: A little history - The Revolutionary War

Cashon Delivery: A little history - The Revolutionary War | Historical Wisdom | Scoop.it

 

The second edition to my new series of historical posts highlighting videos and recordings found on the internet.

 

Liberty! is a six-part series for PBS describing the American Revolution and the birth of our nation. Liberty! is hosted by Forrest Sawyer and Edward Herrmann is the narrator.

 

Videos uploaded to You Tube by TheDocumentarySite.

Image credit: George Washington Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division LC-USZ62-72497

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EyeWitness to History - history through the eyes of those who lived it

EyeWitness to History - history through the eyes of those who lived it | Historical Wisdom | Scoop.it
First hand accounts, illustrated with vintage photos, original radio broadcasts.
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Cashon Delivery: A little history: Martin Luther King

Cashon Delivery: A little history: Martin Luther King | Historical Wisdom | Scoop.it

'I Have a Dream' Speech

 

One of the most moving, uplifting and rallying speeches that I have ever heard. It is truly a marvel to behold.

 

I have put Martin Luther King's speech beneath the video to allow you to read along.

 

Image credit: Martin Luther King after meeting President Johnson at the White House in 1963, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ds-00836.

http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/ds.00836/

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Cashon Delivery: Social Security and the Affordable Care Act

Cashon Delivery: Social Security and the Affordable Care Act | Historical Wisdom | Scoop.it

FDR aggressively defended the legislation against his critics by using a populist class warfare argument that he would be the people's champion against the rich. In an October 31, 1936 speech at Madison Square Garden, FDR stated:

 

"Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me—and I welcome their hatred.

 

I should like to have it said of my first Administration that in it the forces of selfishness and of lust for power met their match. I should like to have it said of my second Administration that in it these forces met their master."

 

Image credit: FDR Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division LC-USZ62-87317.

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Speech before the 1936 Democratic National Convention

Speech before the 1936 Democratic National Convention

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

June 27, 1936

 

A Rendezvous With Destiny

 

President Roosevelt:

 

"Senator Robinson, Members of the Democratic Convention, My Friends: Here, and in every community throughout the land, we are met at a time of great moment to the future of the nation. It is an occasion to be dedicated to the simple and sincere expression of an attitude toward problems, the determination of which will profoundly affect America.

 

I come not only as a leader of a party, not only as a candidate for high office, but as one upon whom many critical hours have imposed and still impose a grave responsibility.

 

For the sympathy, help and confidence with which Americans have sustained me in my task I am grateful. For their loyalty I salute the members of our great party, in and out of political life in every part of the Union. I salute those of other parties, especially those in the Congress of the United States who on so many occasions have put partisanship aside. I thank the governors of the several states, their legislatures, their state and local officials who participated unselfishly and regardless of party in our efforts to achieve recovery and destroy abuses. Above all I thank the millions of Americans who have borne disaster bravely and have dared to smile through the storm.

 

America will not forget these recent years, will not forget that the rescue was not a mere party task. It was the concern of all of us. In our strength we rose together, rallied our energies together, applied the old rules of common sense, and together survived.

 

In those days we feared fear. That was why we fought fear. And today, my friends, we have won against the most dangerous of our foes. We have conquered fear.

 

But I cannot, with candor, tell you that all is well with the world. Clouds of suspicion, tides of ill-will and intolerance gather darkly in many places. In our own land we enjoy indeed a fullness of life greater than that of most nations. But the rush of modern civilization itself has raised for us new difficulties, new problems which must be solved if we are to preserve to the United States the political and economic freedom for which Washington and Jefferson planned and fought.

 

Philadelphia is a good city in which to write American history. This is fitting ground on which to reaffirm the faith of our fathers; to pledge ourselves to restore to the people a wider freedom; to give to 1936 as the founders gave to 1776 - an American way of life.

 

That very word freedom, in itself and of necessity, suggests freedom from some restraining power. In 1776 we sought freedom from the tyranny of a political autocracy - from the eighteenth-century royalists who held special privileges from the crown. It was to perpetuate their privilege that they governed without the consent of the governed; that they denied the right of free assembly and free speech; that they restricted the worship of God; that they put the average man's property and the average man's life in pawn to the mercenaries of dynastic power; that they regimented the people.

 

And so it was to win freedom from the tyranny of political autocracy that the American Revolution was fought. That victory gave the business of governing into the hands of the average man, who won the right with his neighbors to make and order his own destiny through his own government. Political tyranny was wiped out at Philadelphia on July 4, 1776.

 

Since that struggle, however, man's inventive genius released new forces in our land which reordered the lives of our people. The age of machinery, of railroads; of steam and electricity; the telegraph and the radio; mass production, mass distribution - all of these combined to bring forward a new civilization and with it a new problem for those who sought to remain free.

 

For out of this modern civilization economic royalists carved new dynasties. New kingdoms were built upon concentration of control over material things. Through new uses of corporations, banks and securities, new machinery of industry and agriculture, of labor and capital - all undreamed of by the Fathers - the whole structure of modern life was impressed into this royal service.

 

There was no place among this royalty for our many thousands of small-businessmen and merchants who sought to make a worthy use of the American system of initiative and profit. They were no more free than the worker or the farmer. Even honest and progressive-minded men of wealth, aware of their obligation to their generation, could never know just where they fitted into this dynastic scheme of things.

 

It was natural and perhaps human that the privileged princes of these new economic dynasties, thirsting for power, reached out for control over government itself. They created a new despotism and wrapped it in the robes of legal sanction. In its service new mercenaries sought to regiment the people, their labor, and their property. And as a result the average man once more confronts the problem that faced the Minute Man.

 

The hours men and women worked, the wages they received, the conditions of their labor - these had passed beyond the control of the people, and were imposed by this new industrial dictatorship. The savings of the average family, the capital of the small-businessmen, the investments set aside for old age - other people's money - these were tools which the new economic royalty used to dig itself in.

 

Those who tilled the soil no longer reaped the rewards which were their right. The small measure of their gains was decreed by men in distant cities.

 

Throughout the nation, opportunity was limited by monopoly. Individual initiative was crushed in the cogs of a great machine. The field open for free business was more and more restricted. Private enterprise, indeed, became too private. It became privileged enterprise, not free enterprise.

 

An old English judge once said: "Necessitous men are not free men." Liberty requires opportunity to make a living - a living decent according to the standard of the time, a living which gives man not only enough to live by, but something to live for.

 

For too many of us the political equality we once had won was meaningless in the face of economic inequality. A small group had concentrated into their own hands an almost complete control over other people's property, other people's money, other people's labor - other people's lives. For too many of us life was no longer free; liberty no longer real; men could no longer follow the pursuit of happiness.

 

Against economic tyranny such as this, the American citizen could appeal only to the organized power of government. The collapse of 1929 showed up the despotism for what it was. The election of 1932 was the people's mandate to end it. Under that mandate it is being ended.

 

The royalists of the economic order have conceded that political freedom was the business of the government, but they have maintained that economic slavery was nobody's business. They granted that the government could protect the citizen in his right to vote, but they denied that the government could do anything to protect the citizen in his right to work and his right to live.

 

Today we stand committed to the proposition that freedom is no half-and-half affair. If the average citizen is guaranteed equal opportunity in the polling place, he must have equal opportunity in the market place.

 

These economic royalists complain that we seek to overthrow the institutions of America. What they really complain of is that we seek to take away their power. Our allegiance to American institutions requires the overthrow of this kind of power. In vain they seek to hide behind the flag and the Constitution. In their blindness they forget what the flag and the Constitution stand for. Now, as always, they stand for democracy, not tyranny; for freedom, not subjection; and against a dictatorship by mob rule and the over-privileged alike.

 

The brave and clear platform adopted by this convention, to which I heartily subscribe, sets forth that government in a modern civilization has certain inescapable obligations to its citizens, among which are protection of the family and the home, the establishment of a democracy of opportunity, and aid to those overtaken by disaster.

 

But the resolute enemy within our gates is ever ready to beat down our words unless in greater courage we will fight for them.

 

For more than three years we have fought for them. This convention, in every word and deed, has pledged that the fight will go on.

 

The defeats and victories of these years have given to us as a people a new understanding of our government and of ourselves. Never since the early days of the New England town meeting have the affairs of government been so widely discussed and so clearly appreciated. It has been brought home to us that the only effective guide for the safety of this most worldly of worlds, the greatest guide of all, is moral principle.

 

We do not see faith, hope, and charity as unattainable ideals, but we use them as stout supports of a nation fighting the fight for freedom in a modern civilization.

 

Faith - in the soundness of democracy in the midst of dictatorships.

 

Hope - renewed because we know so well the progress we have made.

 

Charity - in the true spirit of that grand old word. For charity literally translated from the original means love, the love that understands, that does not merely share the wealth of the giver, but in true sympathy and wisdom helps men to help themselves.

 

We seek not merely to make government a mechanical implement, but to give it the vibrant personal character that is the very embodiment of human charity.

 

We are poor indeed if this nation cannot afford to lift from every recess of American life the dread fear of the unemployed that they are not needed in the world. We cannot afford to accumulate a deficit in the books of human fortitude.

 

In the place of the palace of privilege we seek to build a temple out of faith and hope and charity.

 

It is a sobering thing, my friends, to be a servant of this great cause. We try in our daily work to remember that the cause belongs not to us, but to the people. The standard is not in the hands of you and me alone. It is carried by America. We seek daily to profit from experience, to learn to do better as our task proceeds.

 

Governments can err, presidents do make mistakes, but the immortal Dante tells us that Divine justice weighs the sins of the cold-blooded and the sins of the warm-hearted on different scales.

 

Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.

 

There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.

 

In this world of our in other lands, there are some people, who, in times past, have lived and fought for freedom, and seem to have grown too weary to carry on the fight. They have sold their heritage of freedom for the illusion of a living. They have yielded their democracy.

 

I believe in my heart that only our success can stir their ancient hope. They begin to know that here in America we are waging a great and successful war. It is not alone a war against want and destitution and economic demoralization. It is more than that; it is a war for the survival of democracy. We are fighting to save a great and precious form of government for ourselves and for the world.

 

I accept the commission you have tendered me. I join with you. I am enlisted for the duration of the war."

 

 

Transcription available here: http://www.austincc.edu/lpatrick/his2341/fdr36acceptancespeech.htm.

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Watch now: Victory in the Pacific | American Experience | PBS Video

The final months of WWII from the vantage points of both the Japanese and the Americans.
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Watch now: War Letters | American Experience | PBS Video

War Letters brings to life vivid letters from the front.
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Watch now: Money, Power and Wall Street: Part Two | FRONTLINE | PBS Video

How U.S.leaders struggled to respond to a financial crisis that caught them by surprise...
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Watch now: Money, Power and Wall Street: Part Four | FRONTLINE | PBS Video

FRONTLINE probes a Wall Street culture that remains focused on risky trades.
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Four Corpsmen share experiences of hard work and brotherhood from their time in the CCC.
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Virginia Gazette July 19, 1776

Virginia Gazette July 19, 1776 | Historical Wisdom | Scoop.it

copy of the gazette to read.

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Cashon Delivery: Rhetoric of our fathers: the election of 1800

Cashon Delivery: Rhetoric of our fathers: the election of 1800 | Historical Wisdom | Scoop.it

The Federalist believed in a strong central government that would have the authority to restrain the excesses of popular majorities. They were backed by the commercial sector of the country favored by the electors in the northern states.

 

The Democratic-Republicans, containing many members of the former Anti Federalists, wanted to reduce the national authority allowing the people to rule more directly through the state governments. They drew their strength from those favoring an agrarian society which was the strongest in the southern states.

 

Image credit: Thomas Jefferson Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division LC-USZ62-8195.

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Nasty campaign ads: An American tradition?

Nasty campaign ads: An American tradition? | Historical Wisdom | Scoop.it
Bob Schieffer takes a look at attack ads dating back to the 19th century, but reminds viewers of something his mother taught him: "just because something has always been that way, doesn't mean it's right."...
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