Experience the American dream with today’s Patriots of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.
It’s July 15, 1775. I’m in Philadelphia at a meeting of the Continental Congress with Nabby Adams, the ten-year-old daughter of John and Abigail Adams.
JG: “Miss Adams, who is your favorite delegate to Congress?”
NA: “Besides my papa and my cousin, Samuel, General Washington looks so majestic. He’s so tall, walks like a king, says but a few words, and looks so handsome in his blue uniform.”
General Washington’s demeanor not only impressed young Nabby, but also impressed Americans throughout the colonies as his outward appearance matched his inward integrity.
Read the full text of Rules of Civility, which reflect the profound integrity of the man who went on to be our nation’s father and first president.
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.