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Documents of Freedom
In American History

The Constitution of the United States of America 

The Declaration of Independence

The Mayflower Compact

The Billof Rights

The Liberty Bell
An American Icon

Hushed the people's swelling murmur,
Whilst the boy cries joyously;
"Ring!" he's shouting, "ring, grandfather,
Ring! Oh, ring for Liberty!"
Quickly at the given signal
The old bellman lifts his hand.
Iron music through the land.
                 G.S. Hillard, "Franklin FIfth Reader"

* The bell cracked the first time it was rung.

* The bell weighed 2080 pounds when it was cast.

* The strike note of the Bell is E-flat

*  There are three known recordings of the Bell
    Two were made in the 1940s for radio stations
    to play; the third is currently owned by 
    Columbia Records. 

*  On the bell, "Pennsylvania" is spelled

The spelling of "Pennsylvania" was not at that time universally adopted. The choice of the quotation was made by Quaker Isaac Norris, speaker of the Assembly.


The Statue of Liberty
"Liberty Enlightening the World"

The New Colossus
Emma Lazarus, New York City, 1883

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world wide-welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame,
" Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp ! " cries she With silent lips. 
" Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door ! 

The Statue of Liberty Live Cam!

As the story goes... During the war, Sam Wilson was a meat packer living and working in Troy, New York. 

Each barrel of meat rations was stamped US, before it was shipped to the soldiers. The soldiers of that time equated their United States supplied rations with Uncle Sam Wilson. 

The story grew to mythological proportions, resulting in a somewhat fictional image of Sam Wilson emerging as the white bearded, red - white - and - blue clad symbol of America. 

The 87th Congress of the United States adopted the following Resolution on September 15, 1961 -
  ''Resolved by the Senate and the House of Representatives that the Congress salutes Uncle Sam Wilson of Troy, NewYork, as the progenitor of America's National symbol of Uncle Sam.'' 

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The Confederate Flag
The Southern Cross

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