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Thomas Jefferson
"God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift of God? That they are not to violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever."
John Quincy Adams
"The greatest glory of the American Revolution was this: It connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity."
George Washington
"It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and to humbly implore His protection and favor."

Proclaiming a National Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving
(Oct. 3, 1789)

Calvin Coolidge
"We do not need more intellectual power, we need more moral power. We do not need more knowledge, we need more character. We do not need more law, we need more religion."
John Adams
"It is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand."
Alexander Hamilton
Foreign influence is truly the Grecian horse to a republic. We cannot be too careful to exclude its influence.

July 17, 1793
Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin
I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.

In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.

Nov. 1766

Founding Father
George Washington
But if we are to be told by a foreign Power ... what we shall do, and what we shall not do, we have Independence yet to seek, and have contended hitherto for very little.

to Alexander Hamilton
May 8, 1796
George Washington
"I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in his holy protection, that he would incline the hearts of the Citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to Government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow Citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for their brethren who have served in the Field, and finally, that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all, to do Justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility and pacific temper of mind, which were the Characteristicks of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.

Letter of farewell to the Army
June 8, 1783
James Madison
Every man who loves peace, every man who loves his country, every man who loves liberty ought to have it ever before his eyes that he may cherish in his heart a due attachment to the Union of America and be able to set a due value on the means of preserving it.

January 1788
Chief Architect of the Constitution and President
Daniel Webster
"If we and our posterity live always in the fear of God and shall respect His Commandments we may have the highest hopes of the future fortunes of our country. But if we neglect religious instruction and authority; violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity."

Secretary of State
Thomas Paine
"Not all the treasures of the world, so far as I believe, could have induced me to support an offensive war, for I think it murder; but if a thief breaks into my house, burns and destroys my property, and kills or threatens to kill me, or those that are in it, and to "bind me in all cases whatsoever" to his absolute will, am I to suffer it?"

Dec. 26, 1776
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Declaration of Independence: July 4, 1776
Capital: Washington, District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.)
Origin of Name: the feminine version of the Latin name of Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci. in Latin, the other continents' names were all feminine.
National Nicknames: the U.S. • USA • the U.S. of A. • the States • America • Uncle Sam
National Mottos: E Pluribus Unum (Out Of Many, One) • In God We Trust
National Pledge: Pledge of Allegience
Government: Federal Constitutional Republic
National Songs: America (My Country 'Tis of Thee) • America the Beautiful • Battle Hymn of the Republic • God Bless America • God Bless the USA • Hail to the Chief • Over There • Grand Ole Flag • Yankee Doodle Boy
National March: Stars and Stripes Forever
National Holidays: Christmas, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day
National Heroes: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Abraham Lincoln (Presidents), Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, Paul Revere, Samuel Adams (Patriots), Martin Luther King Jr. (Civil Rights Leader), Rev. Billy Graham (Evangelist). See individual States pages for more!
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"I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord's side."
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The first confirmed European landing in present-day United States territory was by Christopher Columbus, who visited Puerto Rico on November 19, 1493.
Florida was home to the earliest European colonies on the mainland; they died out except for St. Augustine (founded by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés in 1565).
A hundred or so French fur traders set up small outposts in the Great Lakes region. A few thousand Spanish settled in New Mexico and California.
The first successful English settlement was at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607, followed in 1620 by the Pilgrims' landing at Plymouth, Massachusetts, then the arrival of the colony of Massachusetts Bay, started by the Puritans.
In 1609 the Dutch settled New York and in 1617, they settled in New Jersey.
In 1638, the Swedes founded New Sweden (part of which became Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania).
Throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries, England established new colonies, took over Dutch colonies, and split others.
With the division of the Carolinas in 1729, and the colonization of Georgia in 1732, the 13 British colonies that became the United States of America in 1776 were established and all had active local and colonial governments with elections open to most free men.
The nation was founded by thirteen colonies declaring their independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776 and ratifying the Articles of Confederation, on March 1, 1781 uniting the states under a weak federal government. It adopted the current constitution on September 17, 1787.
From 1803 to 1848, the size of the new nation nearly tripled as settlers (many embracing the concept of Manifest Destiny) pushed beyond national boundaries even before the Louisiana Purchase.
As new territories were being incorporated, the nation was divided over the issue of states' rights, the role of the federal government, and the expansion of slavery. The Northern states abolished slavery in 1804 and were opposed to the expansion of slavery whereas the Southern states' economy was dependent on slave labor. These issues led to the Civil War, following the secession of the Southern states to form the Confederate States of America after the 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln.
The 1865 Union victory in the Civil War ended slavery and settled the question of whether a state had the right to secede. The event was a major turning point in American history and resulted in an increase in federal power.
The United States is the world's oldest surviving federation. Its government relies on representative democracy through a congressional system under a set of powers specified by its Constitution.
The federal government comprises three branches, which are designed to check and balance one another's powers:
• Legislative:
The Congress, made up of the Senate and the House of Representatives, which makes federal law, declares war, approves treaties and has powers of impeachment.

• Executive: The President, who administers and enforces federal law, can veto bills, and is Commander in Chief of the military.

• Judiciary: The Supreme Court and lower federal courts, whose judges are appointed by the President with Senate approval, which interpret laws and their validity under the Constitution and can overturn laws they deem unconstitutional.
The United States is the world's third largest country by total area after Russia and Canada.
With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the USA became the world's sole remaining superpower and continues to exert dominant economic, political, cultural, and military influence around the globe.
The Americas were also known as Columbia, after Columbus, prompting the name District of Columbia for the land set aside as the U.S. capital.
The phrase "united States of America" was first used officially in the Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776). On November 15, 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation, the first of which stated "The Stile of this Confederacy shall be 'The United States of America.'" The name was originally proposed by Thomas Paine.
THE GREAT SEAL: The design of the first seal of the President of the United States of America was approved on June 20, 1782. It was designed by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson at the request of the Continental Congress.

The seal pictures an American bald eagle holding a ribbon in its beak; the ribbon has the motto of the USA, "E PLURIBUS UNUM," meaning "Out of many, one." The eagle is clutching an olive branch (with 13 olives and 13 leaves) in one foot (symbolizing peace) and 13 arrows in the other (the 13 stands for the original 13 colonies and the arrows symbolize the acceptance of the need to go to war to protect the country). A shield is in front of the eagle; the shield has 13 red and white stripes (representing the original 13 colonies) with a blue bar above it (it symbolizes the uniting of the 13 colonies and represents congress). Above the eagle are rays, a circle of clouds, and 13 white stars.

One early American flag that pictures a coiled rattlesnake. The rattlesnake was used in early American history as a symbol of resistance against British rule.
Benjamin Franklin thought that the wild turkey should be the national bird of the USA.
The Pledge of Allegiance: "I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
National Flower: "Americans have always loved the flowers with which God decorates our land. More often than any other flower, we hold the rose dear as the symbol of life and love and devotion, of beauty and eternity. For the love of man and woman, for the love of mankind and God, for the love of country, Americans who would speak the language of the heart do so with a rose... The American people have long held a special place in their hearts for roses. Let us continue to cherish them, to honor the love and devotion they represent, and to bestow them on all we love just as God has bestowed them on us.... NOW, THEREFORE, I, RONALD REAGAN, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the rose as the National Floral Emblem of the United States of America. (November 20, 1986)
On every Fourth of July, children who are descendants of signers of the Declaration of Independence symbolically tap the Liberty Bell 13 times while bells across the nation also ring 13 times in honor of the patriots from the original 13 states.
With over 3.8 million square miles and over 325 million people, the United States is the third largest country by both total area and population. With a gross domestic product (GDP) of over $18 trillion, the U.S. has the largest national economy in the world.
The earliest known use of the name America is attributed to the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller who created a globe and a large map showing North and South America in 1507.
The United States contains examples of nearly every global climate. The climate is temperate in most areas, tropical in Hawaii and southern Florida, polar in Alaska, semiarid in the Great Plains, deserts in the Southwest, Mediterranean in coastal California and arid in the Great Basin. Its generous climate contributed to the country's rise as a world power.
The U.S. has over 17,000 identified native plant and tree species, including 5,000 just in California (which is home to the tallest, the most massive, and the oldest trees in the world).
The U.S. has over 400 species of mammal, 700 species of bird, 500 species of reptile and amphibian, and 90,000 species of insect.
Professional sports in the U.S. is big business and has the world's highest paid athletes. The "Big Four" sports are baseball, American football, ice hockey, and basketball. Baseball is referred to as "the national pastime"; however, since the early 1990s, football has been the most popular sport in the U.S.
In 1872, the world's first National Park was established at Yellowstone by a bill signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. Another 59 national parks and hundreds of other federally managed parks and forests have since been designated. Wilderness areas have been established to ensure long-term protection of pristine habitats.
Rock, pop, soul, hip hop, country, blues, and jazz are among America's most internationally renowned genres of music.
The birth and develpment of cinema largely took place in the United States. Hollywood, California is the movie capital of the world.
The USA is a top producer of corn, soy beans, rice, and wheat, with the Great Plains labeled as the "breadbasket of the world" for its tremendous agricultural output
The American Dream is the idea that, through hard work, courage, and self-determination, regardless of social class, a person can gain a better life.
Religion has traditionally played a large role in American society; many of the original European colonists came to America for religious reasons. Religion still has a major influence on American politics and culture.
Rev. Billy Graham (1918-) has preached Christianity to live audiences of over 210 million people in more than 185 countries and territories. Graham also reached hundreds of millions more through television, video, film, and webcasts. He has been a spiritual adviser to multiple U.S. presidents and was number 7 on Gallup's list of admired people for the 20th century.
The U.S. was the most instrumental nation in the development of the Internet, developing its predecessor, Arpanet. U.S. businesses control most of its infrastructure.
America's Ethnic Roots -- 2010 Census: German 15.2%, Irish 10.8%, African 8.8%, English 8.7%, American 7.2%, Mexican 6.5%, Italian 5.6%, Scandinavian 3.7%, Polish 3.2%, French 3%, Native American 2.8%
Religion in the USA -- 2014 survey: Protestant 46.5%, Roman Catholic 20.8%, Jewish 1.9%, Mormon 1.6%, other Christian 0.9%, Muslim 0.9%, Jehovah's Witness 0.8%, Buddhist 0.7%, Hindu 0.7%, other 1.8%, unaffiliated 23.4%
The U.S. has a large tourist industry, ranking third in the world.
Following World War II, a shift occurred with the decline of Paris as the world's art center and the emergence of New York as the center of contemporary fine art.
The United Nations assigned an Education Index of 0.890 to the United States, ranking it number 5 in the world. The USA has a basic literacy rate of 98% to 99%. 30% of the population has earned a bachelor's degree or higher, and 81% have graduated high school.
Largest U.S. Cities: New York City (NY), Los Angeles (CA), Chicago (IL), Houston (TX), Philadelphia (PA), Phoenix (AZ), San Antonio (TX), San Diego (CA), Dallas (TX), San Jose (CA)
On the morning of September 11, 2001, nineteen Islamic terrorists affiliated with al-Qaeda hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners. The hijackers crashed two of the airliners into the World Trade Center Twin Towers, resulting in the collapse of both buildings. A third airliner was crashed into the Pentagon near Washington D.C. Passengers and members of the flight crew on the fourth aircraft (United Airlines Flight 93) attempted to retake control of their plane from the hijackers -- that plane crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania. About 3,000 people were killed in all incidents. This attack on U.S. soil plunged America into an ongoing global war on terror.


Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving - Thanking God for His blessings
Thanksgiving Day November 28, 2024
In 1621, 52 Pilgrims and approx. 50 Native Americans celebrated a 3-day feast thanking God for His blessings enabling their survival in the New World. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November.
December 1, 2024
Advent begins 4 weeks before Christmas and remembers the longing and waiting of God's people for the coming of the Messiah.
Bill of Rights Day

Bill of Rights Day

December 15, 1791
Bill of Rights Day

Celebrating the 10 amendments to the Constitution which protect individual rights by placing specific limits on government power. These freedoms do not exist in many countries of the world.
Christmas Day
Christmas Day
December 25th Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World. This joyous festival is enjoyed by Christians and nonChristians alike all over the world.