John Dickinson – July 8, 1775

Experience the American dream with today’s Patriots of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.

It’s July 8, 1775. I’m with John Dickinson, a member of the Continental Congress and author of the Olive Branch Petition.

JG: “Mr. Dickinson, why are you trying to reconcile with the king of England?”

JD: “Mr. Gillespie, Americans are not anarchists or revolutionaries. We are lovers of liberty, which can only be secured through the righteous rule of law.”

Unfortunately, the King of England continued to violate the colonies God-given rights, thus creating the American War of Independence.

Read the full text of the Olive Branch Petition.

John and Jan Gillespie are the founders of the Rawhide Boys’ Ranch; they have fostered 351 teenagers and wrote the book Our 351 Sons; they have also assisted numerous churches in developing youth programs and expanding their total church ministries. After running for U.S. Senate, John founded 1776 American Dream, which exists to demonstrate the vision of our founding fathers and help our generation of youth passionately embrace those values.

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