Experience the American dream with today’s Patriots of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.
It’s June 7, 1776. I’m in Philadelphia and the Continental Congress is preparing to vote for independence. Richard Henry Lee, of Virginia, is introducing an independence resolution.
RHL: “Be it resolved that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”
The Continental Congress went on to create the Declaration of Independence and freedom for America.
Read the full text of the Lee Resolution.
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.