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Re: [BKARTS] 4TH OF JULY



I am not trying to start a flame war, and normally I don't mind off-topic
postings, but could we please save the "patriotic" drivel for other forums?
As innocent Iraqis and young Americans die pointlessly to serve the venal
ends of our unelected president and his business cronies, I am not in the
mood to be lectured about how swell this country is. Thank you.
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From: "JOANNE C. VIDETO" <applefire@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2003 1:32 PM
Subject: 4TH OF JULY

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> Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who    signed The     =
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> Declaration of Independence?                                             =
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> Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured befor=
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> Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.  Two lost their sons serving=
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> Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the           =
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> Revolutionary War.                                                       =
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> They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacre=
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> What kind of men were they?                                              =
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> Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.  Eleven were merchants,  nine were =
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> farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated, but the=
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> Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his Ships  =
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> swept from the seas by the British Navy.  He sold his                    =
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> home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.                  =
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> Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move hi=
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> family almost constantly.  He served in the Congress without pay, and his=
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> family was kept in hiding.  His possessions were taken from him, and     =
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> poverty was his reward.                                                  =
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> Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer,      =
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> Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.                     =
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> At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British    =
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> General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for                    =
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> his headquarters.  He quietly urged General George Washington to open    =
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> fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.                  =
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> Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed.  The enemy jailed hi=
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> John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying.  Their 13 =
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> children fled for their lives.  His fields and his                       =
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> gristmill were laid to waste.  For more than a year he lived in forests  =
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> and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished=
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> Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't.   =
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> So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and       =
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> silently thank these patriots.  It's not much to ask for the price they  =
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> Remember: freedom is never free!                                         =
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> I hope you will show your support by sending this to as many people as yo=
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> patriotism is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more to it than a    =
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> parade, beer, picnics, and baseball games.                               =
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> AND HAVE A GREAT FREEDOM DAY!!!!!! =
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