This Week in History: Battle of Brandywine, Aitken’s Bible, Ft. McHenry

Happy Sunday!  Attached is a summary of my “morning history” posts from this past week.  Enjoy and have a great week!

Monday, September 8

On this day in 1982, Ronald Reagan advocates for a Balanced Budget Amendment. Believe it or not, the Senate had approved such an amendment mere weeks before! The Senate’s approval came on August 4, 1982, by a vote of 69-31. Unfortunately, the fight was much tougher in the House. FULL STORY: (Facebook); (Instagram)

Tuesday, September 9

On this day in 1806, an American Patriot passes away. William Paterson surely never thought that he would serve his country in a Revolution! He once wrote that he wanted to “live at ease and pass through life without much noise and bustle.” That didn’t happen! FULL STORY: (Facebook); (Google+); (Instagram)

Wednesday, September 10

On this day in 1787, the Constitutional Convention was drawing to a close. The delegates turned to the subject of constitutional amendments. The then-existing draft of the Constitution gave state legislatures the ability to call for a Convention to propose amendments. The U.S. Congress had no similar power. Alexander Hamilton, delegate from New York, was dissatisfied. FULL STORY: (Facebook); (Google+); (Instagram)

Thursday, September 11

On this day in 1777, George Washington’s army loses the Battle of Brandywine. At the time, British Gen. William Howe was intent on marching to and capturing Philadelphia. Washington decided to make a stand at Brandywine Creek. FULL STORY: (Facebook); (Google+); (Instagram)

Bonus quote! George W. Bush: “America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining.” MORE:

Bonus quote! Ronald Reagan This is not a role we sought. We preach no manifest destiny. But like Americans who began this country and brought forth this last, best hope of mankind, history has asked much of the Americans of our own time. Much we have already given; much more we must be prepared to give. FULL QUOTE:

Friday, September 12

On this day in 1782, Congress recommends a Bible to U.S. residents. Before the war, Bibles were obtained from England. Once war began, getting a Bible became difficult. Who knew that the war would cause a shortage of Bibles? On September 11, 1777, the Continental Congress discussed the issue. The problem was deemed a great one because “the use of the Bible is so universal, and its importance so great.” The committee recommended that Congress “import 20,000 Bibles from Holland, Scotland, or elsewhere.” FULL STORY: (Facebook); (Google+); (Instagram)

Bonus quote! Thomas Paine: “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” MORE:

Bonus quote! George Washington: “It should be the highest ambition of every American to extend his views beyond himself, and to bear in mind that his conduct will not only affect himself, his country, and his immediate posterity; but that its influence may be co-extensive with the world, and stamp political happiness or misery on ages yet unborn.” MORE:

Bonus quote! John F. Kennedy: “I would not look with favor upon a President working to subvert the First Amendment’s guarantees of religious liberty. Nor would our system of checks and balances permit him to do so.” MORE:

Star_Spangled_Banner_Flag_on_display_at_the_Smithsonian's_National_Museum_of_History_and_Technology,_around_1964Saturday, September 13

On this day in 1814, the British begin bombarding Ft. McHenry. The next morning, a young lawyer named Francis Scott Key would see the American flag waving proudly above the fort, and he would be inspired to write a poem. That poem would later become our national anthem. FULL STORY: (Facebook); (Google+); (Instagram)

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Sunday, September 14

On this day in 1728, Mercy Otis Warren is born in Massachusetts. This Patriot used her writing abilities to creatively serve the Revolutionary cause. She would eventually write a history of the war, at the urging of John Adams. “[T]here are few Persons possessed of more Facts, or who can record them in a more agreeable manner,” Adams wrote. FULL STORY: (Facebook); (Google+); (Instagram)

Bonus quote! George Washington “As the Contempt of the Religion of a Country by ridiculing any of its Ceremonies or affronting its Ministers or Votaries has ever been deeply resented—You are to be particularly careful to restrain every Officer & Soldier from such Imprudence & Folly & to punish every Instance of it . . . .” FULL QUOTE: