National Leaders: Patrick Henry <ul><ul><li>Patrick Henry and other national leaders in the colonies were frustrated by British rule. The following is excerpted from Patrick Henry's famous speech to the Virginia legislature in 1775. </li></ul></ul>
Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
What changes did Patrick Henry hope to achieve during the American Revolution?
National Leaders: Abigail Adams <ul><li>Abigail Adams maintained the family farm during the Revolutionary War while her husband John was busy working with the Continental Congress. She frequently wrote her husband to share news of the day. The following passage is excerpted from one of these letters written in 1776. </li></ul>
...I long to hear that you have declared an independence -- and by the way in the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make I desire you would Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands.
<ul><ul><li>What changes did Abigail Adams hope to achieve during the American Revolution? </li></ul></ul>
National Leaders: Benjamin Franklin <ul><li>America has never forgotten Benjamin Franklin because he did both. He lived these words of wisdom by writing as much as he possibly could and by doing even more. He became famous for being a scientist , an inventor , a statesman , a printer , a philosopher , a musician , and an economist . Today, we honor Ben Franklin as one of our Founding Fathers and as one of America's greatest citizens. </li></ul>
<ul><ul><li>What changes did Benjamin Franklin hope to achieve during the American Revolution? </li></ul></ul>
National Leaders: George Washington <ul><li>George Washington’s life and character helped to bring ideas about people and governments to earth at the core of a new nation. Washington, however, was not without his faults. </li></ul>Though he disapproved of slavery and ultimately freed all his slaves in his will, he and his wife, Martha, owned more than 300 slaves. Nevertheless, he was a person whose personal attributes and life significantly shaped the United States of America and the world, and from whom people have much to learn.
“ Experience…is the best rule to walk by”. 1st president
<ul><ul><li>What changes did George Washington hope to achieve with the American Revolution? </li></ul></ul>
<ul><li>James Madison is considered the most influential contributor to the United States Constitution, and he worked vigorously to see it ratified. He served as a member of Congress and as Jefferson's Secretary of State before winning the presidential election of 1808. </li></ul>National Heroes: James Madison 4th president
<ul><ul><ul><li>“ For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; He will save us.” </li></ul></ul></ul>At the Constitutional Convention of 1787, James Madison proposed the plan to divide the central government into three branches. He discovered this model of government from the Perfect Governor, as he read Isaiah 33:22;
<ul><ul><li>What changes did James Madison hope to achieve with the constitution? </li></ul></ul>