Special Edition – Founders Friday
- America’s history is being distorted.
- Have you been taught that…
- Some women in the 1700s were allowed to vote?
- African-Americans were preachers, politicians, judges, and patriots in the revolution?
Reaction to Founders Fridays
- It was popular.
- What has been taught is a history of deconstruction – all the bad was emphasized, the good ignored.
- Many people said they had not heard of this information before.
- Women voted in the 1700s.
- In many places, property ownership was a requirement to vote.
- Women, who inherited property when their husbands died, could vote.
- By 1809, most women were voting with the Federalists. When the anti-Federalists got in power in New Jersey, they wiped out the woman’s vote to keep them from voting for the other party.
- Some women served in the military.
- Deborah Simpson impersonated a man to serve in the revolutionary army.
- She was wounded at West Point.
- When her gender was discovered, she was given an honorable discharge.
- Mary Ludwig Hays, Molly Pitcher, carried pitchers of water from a nearby stream to where the cannons were placed.
- The water was used to swab out the cannons and keep the men from passing out from the heat.
- When her husband passed out, she took her place with a rammer to keep the gun in action.
- She was commissioned a sergeant in the Continental Army.
- When she died, she was given a military funeral with full honors.
Glenn showed a series of paintings from the Revolutionary War, which included African-Americans in the scene.
- Bunker Hill Painting
- Peter Salem, an African-American is in this painting. He was a hero in this battle.
- Battle of Lexington
- One hundred fifty Americans, members of Jonah Clark’s church, met at the church, with their weapons when they heard the British were coming.
- When the British arrived, they went out onto the green to defend their town.
- Shooting commenced and when the smoke cleared, eighteen Americans were down.
- One of them was an African-American Prince Estabrook.
- George Washington Crossing the Delaware
- One of the rowers in the front of George Washington’s boat was African-American, Prince Whipple.
- Marques de Lafayette Painting
- The Marques was shown with an African-American man, James Armistead.
- James was a double agent for George Washington.
- He passed bad information to the British and good information back to George Washington.
- Glenn asks why do we not know this? Why is it not taught?
Guest: David Barton, Founder, Wallbuilders
Glenn and David discussed several historical African-American notables.
- Wentworth Chestle
- He was the first African-American judge in 1768.
- He was elected to office in New Hampshire.
- He was reelected for the next 49 years and held eight different political positions.
- He was one of the riders to spread the word that the British were coming. He rode north. Paul Revere rode west.
- Lineal Hains
- First black preacher ordained in America.
- He was a soldier in the revolution.
- He had white congregations in four different states.
- He was the first black to receive a Masters degree in America.
- Joseph Hain Rainey
- The first black Speaker of the House
Glenn showed copies of several obituaries of African-Americans from newspapers printed in the 1800s.
- In those days, they noted if the deceased had fought in the revolution, or was a pensioner of the US.
Barton noted that the Founding Fathers series did not cover all the early contributors and went on to discuss a number of Jewish officers, financiers and others.
Young People in the Revolution
- John Quincy Adams
- At eight years old he was fighting the British.
- Andrew Jackson
- He was a prisoner of war at eleven.
- James Idel
- At 17, he was the chief financial officer of North Carolina.
The First War on Terror
- Four military expeditions were sent to fight Muslim terrorism.
- They continued for a period of thirty-two years.
- In the seventh year of George Washington’s administration, fifteen percent of the federal budget was spent fighting Muslim terrorism.
- The first three foreign diplomats sent to negotiate with the Muslims were…
- Benjamin Franklin
- John Adams
- Thomas Jefferson
Glenn discussed his three posters he painted. They were labeled Hope, Faith and Charity.
Samuel Adams was the subject of the first poster “Hope”.
· He was a delegate from the Massachusetts colony.
· He had the title “Father of the Revolution”.
· During the war, he was constantly hounded by the British.
· At a low point during the war, he spoke to Congress and said…
“Our affairs, it is said, are desperate! If this be our language, they are indeed. If we wear long faces, long faces will become fashionable. The eyes of the people are upon us.”
- Also –
“We have proclaimed to the world our determination to die freemen, rather than to live slaves.”
Guest: Ira Stoll, Author, “Samuel Adams, A Life” (http://www.amazon.com/Samuel-Adams-Life-Ira-Stoll/dp/0743299124/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1306600561&sr=8-1 )
Glenn noted that because of Stoll’s book, Samuel Adams is the face of Glenn’s “Faith” poster.
- The motivation of Adams
- He really felt that God was on the side of America during the revolution.
- The British called him “The Puppet Master”.
- He was one of the authors of the Massachusetts constitution.
- He was second cousin to John Adams.
- He was also called the “Father of the American Revolution”.
- Without him there would be no America.
Glenn discussed George Washington and why he selected Washington as the face for his “Hope” poster.
- At the time, he was known as the indispensable man.
- The colonies didn’t trust each other and tariffs were common between and among the colonies.
- He wanted to be a farmer.
- Things were falling apart when they asked him to become President.
- He went out of a sense of duty, saying…
“Have I not yet done enough for my country?”
· He was revered.
Guest: Andrew Allison, co-Author “The Real George Washington”
· No figure in American history better represented Hope more than him.
· Washington and all the other founders were all saying it was God using us to do this
· Were they all wrong?
· He was unanimously elected Commander in Chief.
· At the beginning of the war, he lost every battle.
Glenn discussed Benjamin Franklin, his choice for the face of his “Charity” poster. Franklin…
- Was our first foreign ambassador.
- Was a spy.
- Was a geographer.
- Was a post master.
- Was a scientist.
- He created the first hospital.
- It is still in operation.
- He started the first library.
- He established the first volunteer fire company.
- He organized the first militia in America.
- At its peak, there were 10,000 men in the militia.
Guest: Jim Srodes, Author, “Franklin: The Essential Founding Father” (http://www.amazon.com/Franklin-Essential-Founding-James-Srodes/dp/0895261049/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1306601862&sr=8-1 )
- In 1754, the French were gathering their Indian allies to drive out the English settlers.
- Franklin created the first political cartoon.
- Glenn noted that he was the most well known person in the colonies, but we hear very little about him today.
Glenn discussed George Whitfield, who he described as the “forgotten” founding father.
Guest: Thomas Kidd, Baylor University.
- Whitfield was as famous then as Michael Jackson is today.
- He was ordained by the Church of England, but later became a Methodist.
- He was the primary instigator of the Great Awakening.
- In England, he called attention to the plight of the poor.
· They were usually ignored because they couldn’t vote.
- He made seven trips to America.
- He is seen as the person most responsible for the repeal of the Stamp Act.
- When you buy a book on early America, don’t buy a new one. Buy one that has their original writings.
- His wallbuilders.com web site has a recommended reading list.