Just in time for the 4th of July, here is an interesting free eBook. The Cradle of Liberty written by Albert Bushnell Hart was published on July 1, 1918, as part of The Mentor, a bimonthly magazine with the slogan “Learn One Thing Every Day.”
This issue covers The Cradle of Liberty beginning with a definition of liberty:
Liberty is older than Law, older than Government, older than the State. Liberty goes back to the Garden of Eden, where first was taught the bitter lesson that where Liberty is uncontrolled, society breaks down. The word is a splendid one, coined by the Romans, “With a great price obtained I this freedom,” said the Roman centurion; “But I was free born,” replied St. Paul. Liberty was in the hearts of the English colonists; Liberty rang out from the Bell of Independence Hall; Liberty is stamped upon our state and federal constitutions. For Liberty millions of men have struggled and died. Toward Liberty oppressed myriads are stretching out their hands today. Liberty is the pole-star of peoples, the hope of mankind.
Our tour begins with Faneuil Hall, frequently referred to as “the Cradle of Liberty” because of the speeches that were given there.
Other topics covered include:
- Paul Revere.
- The Lexington Green.
- The Declaration of Independence.
- The Liberty Bell.
- The Statue of Liberty.
- Independence Hall.
- The History of the 4th of July Celebration.
Interesting reading. And a perfect addition to our 4th of July Holiday Helps!