The American Crisis

The pamphlet known as "The Crisis" or "The American Crisis" was written in a dire hour. The Colonial Army, led by General George Washington, was at a low point. Having won no victory, many in that cold December were consider taking leave of the whole affair. At least, should they go home, they could have a warm meal and a bed to lie in with family gathered around. At this time of travail, when Liberty was merely declared in a document not yet realized, Thomas Paine penned the often quoted first paragraph. Having no proper medium to write the now famous words, he requested the head of a drum and scribed the immortal words..... "These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows…

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The Bill of Rights

Our nation itself was born of the compromise between rival political factions who both imagined the other to be the personification of evil manifested in their day. The Federalists, who demanded strength and central authority with checks and balances built into its Constitutional framework, were accused of wanting to establish a new monarchy on American soil complete with an aristocracy. The Anti-Federalists, always skeptical of government in any manifestation, despised the idea of a distant authority imposing decrees on the citizens without recourse. According to their detractors, they intended to prevent national unity and strength of American resolve. The contribution of their political opposition was the adoption of the Bill of Rights. Both the Constitution and the Bill of Rights find their roots in the Declaration of Independence. It is that document that acknowledged our individual rights, established our common heritage and proclaimed the necessity of this new nation to rise from the division of colony and king. Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging theĀ freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for…

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