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J. Reynolds McKee in 1888 stated: "We, the inheritors of liberty, must not abuse our privileges. WE must have respect for the rights and opinions of our neighbors as well as our own. Let liberty, not license, be our watchword."

I give to you this week a glimpse of what public school students were thinking and writing about when it came to our Declaration of Independence, with this piece written by a Northwest Grammar School student, Grace Henderson, in Pennsylvania:

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Oration For July 4, 1888 - Lillian E. W. Holmes

Another year, teeming with evidences of our country's prosperity, has slowly rolled away, and once more on this, her "natal day," acclamations of joy swell the breeze, and grateful thoughts rise like incense from every heart when we remember those staunch patriots by whose efforts our valiant ship of state was first launched on the ocean of destiny. Truly, they were sturdy workmen sho wrought her ribs of steel.

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1888 - Liberty by J. Reynolds McKee

Soon we shall celebrate our nation's birthday, the day when on the Fourth of July, one thousand seven hundred and seventy-six, the Continental Congress declared with no uncertain voice through the Declaration of Independence that America as free.

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1888 - Liberty by Stephen Morris

On this, our glorious day of anniversary, we are surrounded by all that bespeaks liberty, happiness, houses free from Tyrannical search, and, better than all, independence.

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Walking With Sweet Silly Sadie

This week NW Okie is dedicating this newsletter to liberty, Freedom, respect and honor for our Declaration of Independence, July 4th, 1776, with researched obtained from a Philadelphia newspaper, The Times, dated 8 July 1888, Sunday, page 14, and orations submitted and written by public school students on what Independence Day meant to them, and Why.

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1888 - The Declaration of Independence by C. S. McIntyre

Friends: But rather would I address you as fellow-patriots, as that would surely draw our minds closer and our thoughts nearer to the memory of men whose memory we celebrate this day.

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1888 - Our Nation's Birthday by Edwin Jeitles

It is just one hundred and twelve years since Liberty was born. The tones of the grand "old bell" proclaimed its birth to the world. The notes of the bell were a signal that the ties of the colonies with the mother country were broken. How welcome the sounds of the bell must have been to every one, and yet how exciting!

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1888 - Fourth of July by Pierce McCutcheon

Fourth of July is that glorious day which celebrates our independence and revives a spirit of patriotism within our breasts. Thomas Jefferson, the great man who wrote the Declaration of Independence, in it but bespoke the feelings of the mass of the people.

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Just an update on my search for William Wiley Guinn's ancestors [more]...
 ~Kathryn regarding Okie's story from Vol. 10 Iss. 47 titled UNTITLED

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1888 - The Fourth of July

The Times, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, dated 8 July 1888, Sunday, page 14, included "Prize Orations" composed by the boys and girls of the public schools. It was young American eloquence. Independence Day celebrated in the Rhetoric of Patriotism. twenty-one orations were judged the best among the many submitted. We are included some of those winners in this weeks OkieLegacy Ezine/Tabloid.

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1888 - Independence by Arthur Chapman

The Fourth of July, 1776, saw one of the greatest events that ever went into history. Thirteen colonies. without money, without friends and with only the common ties of justice and liberty to bind them together, dared to oppose a rich and powerful nation, a nation that acknowledged no superior.

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Oration For July 4, 1888 by James L. Knox

On this day one hundred and twelve years ago the people of our good city of Philadelphia were agitated by an uncommon cause. In fact, with all of the people of the thirteen colonies they waited with breathless expectation the result of the deliberations of the delegates assembled in the old State House for discussing the plan for a separation from Great Britain. A state of partial warfare had existed between the colonies and the British troops for over one year. Lexington and Bunker Hill tested the qualities of both.

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1888 - Declaration Of Independence

This oration of our July 4th, 1776, was written by Mary H. Hubbert, of Camac School, and won a $25 prize from The Times, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 8 July 1888, page 14.

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