Many of us know that the well-known phrase "pursuit of happiness" is one of the "inalienable rights" cited by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence, alongside "life" and "liberty." But how many know where the phrase came from (Jefferson was not the originator) or have reflected on the full meaning of this important right?
On June 20, 1787, Oliver Ellsworth warned against the dangers of a con-con and reminded delegates of the superiority of states.
On June 4, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention debated the number and the powers of the proposed president.
June marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta in England, an important document in the history of American liberty.
On June 3, 1781, Jack Jouett set out on a dangerous midnight ride to warn Thomas Jefferson of an impending British attempt to capture him.
Will our nation, so often described as “war-weary,” rise up to stop the march toward the next Vietnam or Iraq, another “perpetual war for perpetual peace”?
Perhaps a fitting way to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the Library of Congress is to take a few hours to read a few selections from the books our Founders read. (See the link to the book list at the end of this article!)
A fitting way to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the Library of Congress is to read some selections from the books our Founders read. by Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.