Awakenings: America & Beyond
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The Last Wig

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"Today's History Lesson...the Supreme Court

When it comes to appearing in court, there is one considered the court of last resort. This is the place where the ultimate decision is made, the highest judicial body in the United States. Under Article III of the U.S. Constitution is the establishment of the federal judiciary.


"The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish."

 
This Day in History: September 24, 1789"

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When the first session of the Court convened in 1790, the tradition of justices wearing wigs still lingered. Justice William Cushing was the only justice to arrive at the court wearing the white wig he had worn on the Massachusetts bench. The ribbing he took from boys outside the court apparently turned the tide against the headgear, and he took the advice of Thomas Jefferson: “For heaven’s sake, discard the monstrous wig which makes the English judges look like rats peeping through bunches of oakum.”
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Awakenings: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night..."

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This Day in History: February 20, 1792


The postal service has come a long way since its inception. Can you imagine sending a letter from New York to Philadelphia and waiting two weeks for it to even be delivered? For a reply to be received, that's another two weeks. Sounds unheard of in today's society as does the cost of the postage stamp, 6¢ - 12¢.

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This is only a tiny portion of the history of our nation's postal service. The evolution of the post office is yet another story like so many others that can only be kept alive through the passing of knowledge from one generation to the next.

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Awakenings: The Flag of the United States of America

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This Day in History: June 14, 1777

Beginning as the "Grand Union" flag, through the years that followed the American flag became known as "Red, White and Blue," the "Star-Spangled Banner," the "Stars and Stripes," and "Old Glory," each carrying with it significant meaning. After declaring independence, a new star and a stripe were added to the flag as each territory became a state in the union. However, Congress enacted a law in 1818 restoring the 13 original stripes with only stars to be added as representatives of new states.
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On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Resolution which stated: "Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation." Flag Day is now observed on June 14 of each year.
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