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Freedom, the Liberty Bell and the President's House Site

July 24, 2012 Posted by: Catherine

Ranger Renee said these words, "Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof."  Millions of people have come to see it, a Supreme Court justice, the person who comes every 5 years who claims it was his birthday, etc.  This is the Liberty Bell, the symbol of justice that states freedom for all. 

Where liberty is so close to touch, however, it cannot be touched.  It like this invisible force that exists. I was in awe at how many people related to it.  There was a visitor that came here - the exact person on the Victory newspaper from years ago - who wanted Ranger Renee to take his picture.  Different languages traversed through the hall from Mandarin to Cantonese to Korean to Spanish. 

We toured the second White House with the remains of the kitchen, the bay window and the President's Office.  There used to be a Governor's House on the corner and a garden in the middle of the bustling city.

Freedom attracts many.  Oney and Hercules, two slaves of George Washington, escaped.  Even with these living conditions, they wanted to escape from the grasp of their masters.  they wanted to be independent.  It puzzles and amazes me...the number of people who wanted to go.  Did they ever fear?  Did they ever miss their homes, the homes they were born in, spent their childhood in?  Did they ever regret their decisions?


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  1. Peggy - Natchitoches, Louisiana
    July 26, 2012 at 01:43

    I wonder what it is, about the sound of a bell ringing, and the vibrations. I think for sure you can hear it better with your eyes closed. Maybe "liberty" is a perfect pitch that we can only strive for.

  2. Samuel Reed - Philadelphia, PA
    July 25, 2012 at 06:30

    Catherine, Thank you for sharing your insights on Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness. You might want to check out this Liberty Bell Project I did with my middle school students a couple of years ago. http://thenotebook.org/blog/102575/liberty-bell-project-life-and-pursuit-happiness.

  3. MATTIE - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    July 25, 2012 at 05:58

    The desire to be free allowed these individuals to press forward. They couldn't look back!

  4. Larry - Pennsylvania
    July 24, 2012 at 06:02

    Numerically, only a few people will ever touch the Liberty Bell, but the Liberty Bell will touch many.

  5. Marci - Haddonfield, NJ
    July 24, 2012 at 04:10

    Your last paragraph about The President's House Site shows that it is doing what the planners hoped it would do - make people question and think!

  6. TONY - FLORIDA
    July 24, 2012 at 03:05

    Think of all the people who left their homes in Europe to come to the colonies. They left their familes and friends to come to a strange place. Maybe freedom and opportunity are what drives people. If they were nothing else they were brave.

  7. Carl - Avalon, NJ
    July 24, 2012 at 01:33

    Life is not without regrets.At least they tried to make a better life for themselves.

 

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