Documents of Freedom
In American History
Constitution of the United States of America
Declaration of Independence
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
* 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
* On the bell, "Pennsylvania"
|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"
New York City, 1883
the brazen giant of Greek fame
limbs astride from land to land;
our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
woman with a torch, whose flame
imprisoned lightning, and her name
of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
wide-welcome; her mild eyes command
harbor that twin cities frame,
ancient lands, your storied pomp ! " cries she With silent lips.
me your tired, your poor,
huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
my lamp beside the golden door !
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|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
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
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