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Ben Franklin's bifocals Friday, July 4, 2008

July Fourth Flag Liberty Bell Ringing fireworks bursting
Independence Day

Ben Franklin points to Declaration of Independence

[1776 - American colonies declare their independence from Great Britain]

Sloop of War Ranger Ranger Recruiting Poster
[1777 - John Paul Jones hoists first Stars and Stripes flag in Ranger at Portsmouth, New Hampshire]

Writer Nathaniel Hawthorne
[1804 - Nathaniel Hawthorne, author, born in Salem, Massachusetts]

Song Writer Stephen Foster
[1826 - Stephen Foster, song writer, born in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania]

Whitman's Leaves of Grass
[1855 - Walt Whitman publishes first edition of Leaves of Grass in Brooklyn, New York]

Rube Goldberg
[1883 - Rube (Reuben Lucius) Goldberg, author, Pulitzer Prize cartoonist, born in San Francisco, California]

Senator George Murphy
[1902 - George (Lloyd) Murphy, dancer, actor, politician, born in New Haven, Connecticut]
Spirit of '76

Well, Bread

Jean-Jacques Rousseau John Locke

Rousseau and Locke prepared the seed.
Colonists in the New Land planted.
The grain grew tall until the harvest.
Shaped by men who saw the farthest.
Leavened it with freedom's yeast.
A Declaration proclaimed the feast. Signing The Declaration of Independence by Trumbull

Rose it up in revolution.
Baked in war's oven, a Constitution!

Voting on the Constitution at the Convention

William's Whimsical Words:

No mention of God in my copy of the Constitution.

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