December 1773
Boston Tea Party
British Colonies in North America
March 23rd 1775
Patrick Henry’s Speech to the Virginia House of Burgesses

Gentlemen may cry, “Peace! Peace!”—but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! – 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?


June 19, 1775
George Washington Commissioned Commander in Chief of the Continental Army by The Continental Congress
July 4th 1776
The Declaration of Independence

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States

December 23, 1776
Thomas Paine: The Crisis

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.

November 13, 1787
Thomas Jefferson and "The Blood of Tyrants"

"What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure,"

September 14, 1814
Francis Scott Key “The Star Spangled Banner
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