The 4th of July is approximately midpoint in the summer, and time for fun and celebration. In yesteryear, it was the most celebrated American holiday after Christmas and Thanksgiving. We were a rural people in those days. By July 4, the crops were growing, the sun was hot and Americans were remembering the price their grandparents had paid for peace and liberty.
Farm families came to town with their pies and produce and pickles. They would enjoy arm wrestling and horse races and endure political speech making. The city would be festooned with red, white and blue streamers while the band played “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again.” And then, like now, the joyous day would conclude with a spectacular display of fireworks!
Our forefathers knew well the history of this great nation. Do we? Let’s find out.
ANSWERS: Baron von Steuben, Dolley Madison, George Washington, Lexington Green, Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Benjamin Franklin, First Great Awakening, Patrick Henry, Noah Webster, Cornwallis, Bill of Rights
1. He was not injured in the French and Indian War, although two horses were shot from under him and four musket balls passed through his coat. ________________________
2. The principle author of this document, which listed the reasons America was separating from England, was Thomas Jefferson. This document was signed on July 4, 1776. _______________
3. The principle author of this document was James Madison. Its purpose was to define and give the limitations of the three branches of government. ______________________________
4. This series of amendments was intended to prevent the federal government from amassing too much power, and secure the freedom of American citizens. _____________________
5. The American Revolution began here in April, 1775. _________________________
6. Its heroes were Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield. ___________________________
7. The winter at Valley Forge was the low point of the war. This man, _________________, came to help General Washington and mold the struggling army back into shape.
8. This young Virginia firebrand urged America to separate from England in a speech that ended with the famous words, “Give me liberty or give me death!” ______________________________________
9. This strong Christian intellectual wrote the first American dictionary. ____________________
10. This British general was so humiliated when he lost the Battle of Yorktown, which ended the Revolutionary War, that he sent his second in command to relinquish his sword to General Washington. ___________________________.
11. This brave American, _______________________, retrieved the portrait of George Washington at the White House while the British burned down the city in the War of 1812.
12. This philosopher/ statesman, _____________________, rose to speak these famous words during the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention: “I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth -- that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings that ‘except the Lord build this house they labor in vain that build it.’ I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel. "
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY, AND GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA !
(Answers: 1. George Washington 2. Declaration of Independence 3. Constitution 4.Bill of Rights 5. Lexington Green 6.First Great Awakening 7. Baron Von Steuben 8. Patrick Henry 9. Noah Webster 10. Cornwallis 11. Dolley Madison 12. Benjamin Franklin)