Proclaim Our Independence! (1776)

Proclaim Our Independence! (1776)

“OUR NEW CHARACTER” by James Still, RetraceOurSteps.com, ©2016 (Sep. 1, 2016) — During the night of July 4, 1776, John Dunlap, the official printer to the Continental Congress, printed approximately 200 single-sided copies, called broadsides, of the Declaration of Independence.  Congress had ordered, “… copies of the declaration [of Independence] be sent to the several […]

Declaration of Independence (1776)

Declaration of Independence (1776)

“LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS” by James Still, ©2016, RetraceOurSteps.com (Jul. 1, 2016) — All thirteen Colonies approved a Resolution of Independence on July 2, 1776.  The completed Declaration of Independence was approved on July 4, 1776.   On display at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC is the copy ordered on July […]

In Pursuit of Liberty (1765)

In Pursuit of Liberty (1765)

THE “GREAT STRUGGLE” by James Still, ©2016, RetraceOurSteps.com (Jun. 1, 2016) — Without a reminder, the human mind simply forgets.  Thomas Paine wrote, “It is at all times necessary… that we frequently refresh our patriotism by reference to first principles.”[1]   Writing about America’s first settlers, John Adams reminded his readers of the Puritans’ courageous pursuit […]

First National Day of Prayer (1775)

First National Day of Prayer (1775)

“MILLIONS WILL BE UPON THEIR KNEES” by James Still, ©2015, RetraceOurSteps.com (Dec. 4, 2015) — The First National Day of Prayer and Fasting occurred on July 20, 1775.  Congress attended “Divine Service” and ordered that a copy of the Resolution be “published in the Newspapers, and in Hand-bills.” “As the Great Governor of the World, […]

Taking Up Arms (1775)

Taking Up Arms (1775)

“A RESIDENCE FOR CIVIL AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM” by James Still, ©2015, Retraceoursteps.com (Nov. 1, 2015) — In June 1775, Congress appointed a committee to write a “Declaration” to be proclaimed by General Washington “upon his Arrival at the Camp before Boston.”  This proclamation was called the “Declaration on the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up […]