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Let Freedom Ring


The Liberty Bell
The bell cracked the first time it was rung.
 The bell weighed 2080 pounds when it was cast.
 The strike note of the Bell is E-flat
 There are three known recordings of the Bell
Two were made in the 1940s for radio stations
to play; the third is currently owned by
Columbia Records.
 On the bell, "Pennsylvania" is spelled
"Pensylvania"
The Liberty Bell was ordered in 1751 for the Philadelphia State House.
 It was cast in London and weighed one ton.
On the bell was inscribed:

" Proclaim Liberty throughout all the Land to the Inhabitants Thereof." (Lev: 25:10).

The Liberty Bell was cast to celebrate the 50th year
of the Constitution of Pennsylvania,
 known as the Charter of Privileges.
The words "Proclaim Liberty throughout the land"
are inscribed on the bell.
Bells consist of 78% copper and 22% tin.
The metals are heated to 1900 F.
and impurities are removed.
The bell cracked during a test in 1752
and was recast twice the next year.
 From 1753 until the Revolution,
the bell was used to announce meetings,
 protest taxation, celebrations,
and to toll in mourning.
The Liberty Bell rang on July 8, 1776,
to announce the Declaration of Independence.
 It was buried from September 1777 to June 1788 to
prevent its capture by the British.
The bell next rang on April 16, 1783,
 at the proclamation of Peace and was
rung thereafter on every State occasion.
It cracked again on July 8, 1835 when it tolled the
 death of Chief Justice John Marshall.
The bell was repaired to ring on February 22, 1846,
Washington's birthday, but it immediately cracked again.
It has been struck only twice since,
 once on April 6, 1917,
 when America declared war on Germany
 and lastly on June 6, 1944, to announce
 Allied landings in Normandy.

Source;
http://www.hal-pc.org/~bra/ets21bel.html



                                    

The Declaration of Independence is the nation's most
 cherished symbol of liberty
and Thomas Jefferson's most enduring monument.
Jefferson wrote it between June 11 and June 28, 1776.
Jefferson expressed the convictions
in the minds and hearts of the American people.
The political philosophy of which he wrote was not new;
 its ideals of individual liberty had already been expressed
 by John Locke and the Continental philosophers.
Jefferson summarized this philosophy in
"self-evident truths" and set forth a list of grievances
 against the King in order to justify before the world the
 breaking of ties between the colonies and the mother country.


In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

The Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident,
that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their
 Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty,
and the pursuit of Happiness.
That to secure these rights,
 Governments are instituted among Men,
deriving their just powers from
the consent of the governed.
That whenever any
Form of Government becomes
 destructive of these ends,
 it is the Right of the People to alter or
to abolish it,
and to institute new Government,
 laying its foundation on such principles
 and organizing its powers in such form,
 as to them shall seem most likely
to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Source;
The Declaration of Independence



Preamble to the Constitution
of the United States

We the People of the United States,
in Order to form a more perfect Union,
establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility,
provide for the common defence,
promote the general Welfare,
and secure the Blessings of Liberty to
ourselves and our Posterity,
do ordain and establish this
Constitution for the United States of America.

The Constitution of the United States



Bill of Rights

The conventions of a number of the States
having at the time of their adopting the Constitution,
 expressed a desire,
 in order to prevent misconstruction or
abuse of its powers,
 that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added

The Bill of Rights

     





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