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Week of September 24, 2001

Quote of the Week


"You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself." Galileo Galilei. Read a book about Galileo.

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The Constitution (Cornerstones of Freedom)

This book is featured in Ben's Books. Another great book from the Cornerstones of Freedom series. Starting with the RINGING OF THE LIBERTY BELL, this book looks at the American Revolution, the birth of the United States, and the adoption of the U.S. CONSTITUTION. It explains the different parts of the Constitution (the Preamble, Articles, and Amendments), and discusses the "GREAT COMPROMISE" and "CHECKS & BALANCES" of the government. Be sure to check out the timeline and glossary in the back.

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Trivia Question


This Week's Trivia Question:

Question: What is Ulysses S. Grant's birth name?

Photo: Ulysses S. Grant

Last Week's Trivia Question:
Question: Name the
thirteen orginial American colonies.
Answer:
Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island. On December 7, 1787, Delaware was the first colony to become a state. On May 19, 1790, Rhode Island was the last of the original colonies to become a state. Today, there are 50 states in the Union. Did you know Alaska and Hawaii were the last two states to join the Union in 1959?
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Did You Know…


Did you know the American Civil War began in Wilbur McLean's backyard and ended in his front parlor?

Yes, in a way. This is a popularly held fact about the American Civil War. Although, the Civil War began on April 12, 1861, at Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina, the first main battle was the Battle of Manassas (or Bull Run) near Manassas, Virginia. This battle was fought on part of Wilbur McLean's backyard. After the battle, McLean moved his family to the small town of Appomattox Court House, Virginia. Appomattox remained quiet until April, 1865, during Lee's Retreat. On April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant in Wilbur McLean's front parlor. Read about the Civil War.

Photo: Front Parlor of McLean House in Appomattox Court House, Virginia.

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Who's Your Hero?


"My brothers and sisters are my heroes. I grew up in a very big family, and I enjoyed the friendships of all my brothers and sisters. They really made it fun to be a kid, and even more fun to be an adult. And I get to be an auntie to so many great nieces and nephews."
-- Thanks, Barbara

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Your Question


Q: Who was Patrick Henry? (Colin M.)

A: Patrick Henry was a U.S. patriot and statesman who lived from 1736 to 1799. He was a member of the Continental Congress from 1774 to 1776. Henry is well known for his statement, "Give me liberty or give me death!" which was a call to arms of the Virginia militia a month before the start of the American Revolution. Read a book about Patrick Henry.

Photo: Patrick Henry

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