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President's Day
Table of contents

George Washington

President Qualifications

Presidencial Oath

Article Two, Section I

Hail to the Chief 

The American Boy

Abraham Lincoln

Fun Quotes

Geography

Nursery Rhyme

Literature

Hard to Find Books



I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandment's would
have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.
— Ronald Reagan

George Washington

George Washington
This will give you a brief biography of our beloved first president

Martha Dandridge Custis Washington
Learn more about this model First Lady!

Mount Vernon
Visit George Washington's beloved home and, if you have time, take the agricultural on-line test located in the Pioneer Farmer section of the web site

George Washington's Papers
Probably the most complete site on the internet of George Washington's papers

George Washington's Birthplace National Monument

Ferry Farm
Visit the boyhood home of George Washington

French and Indian War Site
Many have credited George Washington with initiating the French and Indian War in the American Colonies. Learn all about it here.

Valley Forge
Visit Valley Forge!

 

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I've laid down the law, though, to everyone from now on about anything that happens:
no matter what time it is, wake me, even if it's in the middle of a Cabinet meeting.
— Ronald Reagan

 

Qualifications for the Presidency of the United States
Constitution: Article II, Section I, Paragraph 5:

No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen years a Resident within the United States.

 

The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant:
It's just that they know so much that isn't so.
— Ronald Reagan

 

 

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United States of America Presidential Oath of Office
"I, (name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and I will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."

George Washington added "So help me God," when taking the Oath.   Each president since has followed this custom.

 

 

Special Note:  
Many USA presidents took their oath of office while placing their hand on Deuteronomy 28.  We highly recommend Alexander Scourby's reading of Scripture at Audio-Bible.

 

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Constitution:  Article II, Section 1
Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:--"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

 

 

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Hail To The Chief

Lyrics & Tune


Hail to the Chief we have chosen for the nation,
Hail to the Chief! We salute him, one and all.
Hail to the Chief, as we pledge cooperation
In proud fulfillment of a great, noble call.
Yours is the aim to make this grand country grander,
This you will do, That's our strong, firm belief.
Hail to the one we selected as commander,
Hail to the President!  Hail to the Chief!

 

 

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THE AMERICAN BOY
Theodore Roosevelt
     
     What we have a right to expect of the American boy is that he shall turn out to be a good American man.
     The boy can best become a good man by being a good boy — not a goody-goody boy, but just a plain good boy.
     I do not mean that he must love only the negative virtues; I mean that he must love the positive virtues also.  "Good," in the largest sense, should include whatever is fine, straightforward, clean, brave and manly.
The best boys I know — the best men I know — are good at their studies or their business, fearless and stalwart, hated and feared by all that is wicked and depraved, incapable of submitting to wrongdoing, and equally incapable of being aught but tender to the weak and helpless.
     Of course the effect that a thoroughly manly, thoroughly straight and upright boy can have upon the companions of his own age, and upon those who are younger, is incalculable.
     If he is not thoroughly manly, then they will not respect him, and his good qualities will count for but little; while, of course, if he is mean, cruel, or wicked, then his physical strength and force of mind merely make him so much the more objectionable a member of society.
     He can not do good work if he is not strong and does not try with his whole heart and soul to count in any contest; and his strength will be a curse to himself and to every one else if he does not have a thorough command over himself and over his own evil passions, and if he does not use his strength on the side of decency, justice and fair dealing.
     In short, in life, as in a football game, the principle to follow is:  Hit the line hard:  don't foul and don't shirk, but hit the line hard.

 

 

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Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln For a sanitized version of Lincoln's life

Mary Todd Lincoln Provides a biography of this woman

War Between the States Comprehensive site with historical resources for both Union and Confederate, numerous links

 

 

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It is necessary for the welfare of the nation that men's lives be based on the principles of the Bible.  No man, educated or uneducated, can afford to be ignorant of the Bible.
— Theodore Roosevelt

 

My country owes me nothing.  It gave me, as it gives to every boy and girl, a chance.  It gave me schooling, independence of action, opportunity for service and honor.  In no other land could a boy from a country village, without inheritance or influential friends, look forward with unbounded hope.
— Herbert Hoover



British Folk Songs (This is to get an idea of how these tunes crossed "the pond". You may be surprised at what you thought were American folksongs, but are actually British!)

 

It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the
providence of Almighty God and to obey His will.
— George Washington

 

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GEOGRAPHY

Locate the British Isles, Atlantic Ocean, and the (former) American colonies on a map and/or globe.

Free Map to print off coverning the American Colonial period of 1773-1776

Virginia take a cyber visit and learn about the state of Virginia and why our beloved first president loved his homeland

Illinois take a cyber visit to the "land of Lincoln"

Washington, DC take another cyber visit to learn about our nation's capital

Liberty has never come from the government; it has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it.
— Woodrow Wilson

 

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NURSERY RHYME

I'm going to Lady Washington's
   To get a cup of tea,
And five loaves of gingerbread,
   So don't you follow me!

 

 

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Literature

Patriotic Prose / Poetry  Interesting, hard to locate items !
Patriotic Poems  More patriotic poems for your celebrations !
See Veterans Day Poetry  for pieces specifically about the soldier and from the soldier

 

 

 

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Hard to Find Books on George Washington and His Times

The List by C. D. Baker, PrestonSpeed Publications, 51 Ridge Road, Mill Hall, PA 17751; Phone (570) 726-7844

True to the Old Flag:  A Tale of the American War of Independence, by G. A. Henty, PrestonSpeed Publications, 51 Ridge Road, Mill Hall, PA 17751; Phone (570) 726-7844

The Maxims of George Washington by Rev. Fredrick Schroeder, from Sprinkle Publications, PO Box 1094, Harrisonburg, VA 22801; Phone:  (540) 867-9618

The Life and Anecdotes of George Washington for Young Readers by Mary Williamson (contains the appendix of 110 rules he adopted at age 14), from Sprinkle Publications, PO Box 1094, Harrisonburg, VA 22801; Phone:  (540) 867-9618

Patrick Henry, Life Speeches, and Correspondence by W. W. Henry (three volumes), from Sprinkle Publications, PO Box 1094, Harrisonburg, VA 22801; Phone:  (540) 867-9618

Posterity — you will never know how much
it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom.
I hope you will make good use of it.
— John Quincy Adams

 

(Some) Hard to Find Books about Lincoln and the War

With Lee In Virginia: A Story of the American Civil War by G. A. Henty, Preston/Speed Publications, RR 4, Box 705, Mill Hall, PA 17751, Phone (570) 726-7844

The List by C.D. Baker, Preston/Speed Publications, RR 4, Box 705, Mill Hall, PA 17751, Phone (570) 726-7844

Two Little Confederates by Thomas Nelson Page (superb children's book with moving stories from the War for Southern Independence), from Sprinkle Publications, PO Box 1094, Harrisonburg, VA 22801; Phone:  (540) 867-9618

Among the Camps by Thomas Nelson Page (this is a sequal to Two Little Confederates above), from Sprinkle Publications, PO Box 1094, Harrisonburg, VA 22801; Phone:  (540) 867-9618

The Confederate Trilogy for Young Readers by Marl L. Williamson (three volumes in one — Gen. R. E. Lee, Gen. "Stonewall" Jackson, Gen. J.E.B. Stuart), from Sprinkle Publications, PO Box 1094, Harrisonburg, VA 22801; Phone:  (540) 867-9618

Diddie, Dumps, and Tot: Or Plantation Child-Life by Louise-Clarke Pyrnelle, Pelican Publishing Company, 1101 Monore Street, Gretna, Louisiana, ISBN #0-911116-17-6, © 1989, 217 pages. (To somewhat plagerize from the book cover blurb: Diddie, Dumps, and Tot were the love [nick] names of 3 young sisters who grew up on a Southern plantation prior to the War Between the States. It is based upon the childhood experiences of the author & preserves the legends, games, hymns, etc. from that time)

The Real Lincoln by Charles L. C. Minor, from Sprinkle Publications, PO Box 1094, Harrisonburg, VA 22801; Phone:  (540) 867-9618

The Life and Letters of Stonewall Jackson by Mary Anna Jackson (Jackson's widow reveals the General in his domestic relationships), from Sprinkle Publications, PO Box 1094, Harrisonburg, VA 22801; Phone:  (540) 867-9618

The Life and Campaigns of Lt. Gen. T. J. "Stonewall" Jackson by Dr. D. L. Dabney, from Sprinkle Publications, PO Box 1094, Harrisonburg, VA 22801; Phone:  (540) 867-9618

The Life and Letters of General Robert E. Lee by Dr. J. William Jones (the Christian character of Gen. Lee told by the chaplain who served him during and after the War), from Sprinkle Publications, PO Box 1094, Harrisonburg, VA 22801; Phone:  (540) 867-9618

The Memorial Volume of Jefferson Davis by Rev. J. William Jones (presents the life and career of Davis in the words of many of his contemporaries), from Sprinkle Publications, PO Box 1094, Harrisonburg, VA 22801; Phone:  (540) 867-9618

Christ in the Camp by Rev. J. William Jones (details the great revival in the Southern Armies during the War Between the States), from Sprinkle Publications, PO Box 1094, Harrisonburg, VA 22801; Phone:  (540) 867-9618

The Great Revival in the Southern Armies by Rev. W. W. Bennett (narrative by an eye-witness of this spiritual awakening), from Sprinkle Publications, PO Box 1094, Harrisonburg, VA 22801; Phone:  (540) 867-9618

The Story of the Confederate States by Joseph T. Derry, from Sprinkle Publications, PO Box 1094, Harrisonburg, VA 22801; Phone:  (540) 867-9618

A Defense of Virginia and the South by Dr. D. L. Dabney (using the past, deals with the future and foundations of politics), from Sprinkle Publications, PO Box 1094, Harrisonburg, VA 22801; Phone:  (540) 867-9618

A Constitutional View of the War Between the States by Alexander H. Stephens (focuses on centralism, two volumes), from Sprinkle Publications, PO Box 1094, Harrisonburg, VA 22801; Phone:  (540) 867-9618

A Soldier's Recollections by Rev. Randolph H. McKim, from Sprinkle Publications, PO Box 1094, Harrisonburg, VA 22801; Phone:  (540) 867-9618

Diary of a Southern Refugee During the War by Judith McGuire, from Sprinkle Publications, PO Box 1094, Harrisonburg, VA 22801; Phone:  (540) 867-9618

Memoirs of William Nelson Pendleton (record of a God-fearing man containing a valuable narrative of the Army of Northern Virginia), from Sprinkle Publications, PO Box 1094, Harrisonburg, VA 22801; Phone:  (540) 867-9618

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If all the folks in the United States would do the
few simple things they ought to do, most of our
big problems would take care of themselves.
— Calvin Coolidge

 

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