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Quotations, slogans, mottoes: 1776 to 1814
First words of the Mayflower Compact, signed by 41 male passengers, pledging to create a 'civil body politic', that would be based on the consent of the governed and would
be ruled by law
From a 1630 sermon by John Winthrop, upon arriving in Massachusetts
From William Penn, 1682 Frame of Government, speaking about what happens 'where the laws rule and people are party to the laws'
A slogan from a Ben Franklin cartoon, with an illustration of a snake in 8 pieces, originally used during the French and Indian Wars, but later adopted by the Revolutionaries
George Washington describing a skirmish with the French in 1754
James Otis, 1764 'The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved,' a response to the Stamp Act
A common phrase used by the rebelling colonists, and one of the principle offenses of England mentioned in the Declaration of Independence
Slogan used by The Sons of Liberty to protest the Stamp Act of 1765
Adopted by Kentucky in 1792 as its state motto; most likely adapted from a line in John Dickenson's 1768 poem 'The Liberty Song'; also stated by Patrick Henry in 1799
Purported words uttered by Crispus Attucks, alleged leader of the Boston Massacre, March 5, 1770, taunting the British
Stated by Patrick Henry while addressing the First Continental Congress on September 5 1774
Uttered by the chief of the Mingo Indians to the Governor of Virginia, after detailing his years of friendship towards whites, and complaining that the whites had killed his family
Delivered by Patrick Henry before the Virginia Provincial Convention on March 23, 1775 at St. John's Church, calling on the colony to arm the Virginia militia
A line from Henry Wasworth Longfellow's poem, 'Paul Revere's Ride'
Uttered by Captain Jonas Parker, the commander of a force of 70 Minutemen on the green at Lexington, on April 19, 1775
From a British song satirizing the colonials, which ironically became the first patriotic song to achieve national popularity
Allegedly a statement from Lt. General Thomas Gage, as his troops were being pursued April 19, 1775, during their setback at Concord
Ethan Allen's response when the Fort Ticonderoga leader, Captain De la Place, questioned the authority he and his Green Mountain Boys had for demanding the surrender of the fort
Supposed order given by Colonel William Prescott or Major Israel Putnam at Breed's Hill (where the Battle of Bunker Hill was actually fought)
The motto of the first official American flag raised by Lt. John Paul Jones aboard Comodore Esek Hopkins's flagship Alfred on the Delaware River at Philadelphia on Dec 3, 1775
Plea from Abigail Adams to her husband, requesting that women have representation
Shortened form of Adams response to Jefferson on why Jefferson, not he, should draft the Declaration
Uttered by John Hancock upon signing the Declaration
Common slogan but most notably uttered by Ben Franklin at the signing of the Declaration
Uttered by George Washington in New York at Kip's Bay in September 1776
Uttered by 21-year-old Nathan Hale on September 22, 1776 prior to his being hung (without trial) by General Howe
From a pamphlet by Thomas Paine, read by George Washington to his troops before crossing the Delaware
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