Author: Susan Rempel

Committees of Correspondence: A Powerful Model for Today’s Patriot – American History for the Modern Patriot

27 AHMP: Committees of Correspondence: A Powerful Model for Today's Patriot As you know, I believe that we must learn from the past and allow the people, documents, and events surrounding America's Founding to guide us in our mission to restore our constitutional republic. This podcast is about a powerful vehicle that the Founders used to coordinate and effectuate change prior to the revolution. That vehicle was known as a committee of correspondence. So what is a committee of correspondence? How did the colonists use these committees to interact with other colonists and the British authorities? Just how might the British Parliament’s actions in 1774 resemble those of the United States Government in recent years? I hope that my answers to the final question will be a good example of how the response of the colonists can give us a plan of action for the future. But before we get to that let’s learn a bit about committees of correspondence together, shall we? Initially, committees of correspondence were groups of colonists who came together to address or resolve a specific issue. They were primarily organized, and members were selected, as a result of town meetings. For example, a committee was organized in the colony of Massachusetts Bay to urge other colonies to send representatives to the Stamp Act Congress. After the issue was resolved the committee quickly disbanded. Remember...

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Where’s the Party? Why Thanksgiving is Fading From the American Classroom and What You Can Do About It – American History for the Modern Patriot

26 AHMP: Where's the Party? Why Thanksgiving is Fading From the American Classroom and What You Can Do About It Please support my podcasts by purchasing one of the games on my website: BingoforPatriots.com. There are 2 Thanksgiving bingo games, as well as gratitude cards, there, as well as more than 100 different printable bingo games on my other website: UnCommonCourtesy.com. Thanks so much for supporting my work! Did your child have a Halloween party this year? Of course, right? Well, don’t be so sure there will be a feast, party, or even a discussion prior to Thanksgiving at the same school this year. And my friend, this is the year that you need to take action to instill and reinforce the shared common identity that we have as Americans in younger generations. What you say? That can’t be possible? There should be a Thanksgiving feast. Won’t there be lessons about William Bradford, the Pilgrims, and the Wampanog? Younger children will be making Pilgrim hats or mantles or perhaps fashioning jewelry as was often worn by the Wampanog. Won’t they? Well, have a talk with your child, his or her teacher, as well as other parents at the school, and you may be in for a rude awakening. After a bit of research, I have come to the conclusion that the celebration of Thanksgiving in our schools is undergoing...

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The Mother of All Thanksgivings – American History for the Modern Patriot

In the last edition, we learned about proclamations of prayer and thanksgiving. Today, we will learn about the unstoppable force that motivated Abraham Lincoln to issue the proclamation which created the federal holiday celebrating the feast of Thanksgiving. In this day and age of the hypothetical “war on women,” it is helpful to draw upon examples in U.S. History when women played a key role. And this is definitely one such example. Did you know that one of the most influential of all magazine editors of the 1800’s was a woman? Did you know that we have that same woman to thank for establishing a holiday which celebrates the relationship created between the Pilgrims and members of the Wampanoag nation. While both of those facts may be true, you can bet if Thanksgiving is celebrated at all in your child’s school there will certainly be no mention of Sarah Josepha Hale. It is, therefore, my pleasure to fill you in about the good Mrs. Hale’s accomplishments and efforts. Who was Sarah Josepha Hale? Born in New Hampshire in 1788, you most likely have heard a certain nursery rhyme she authored. That would be “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” and that would be enough of a legacy for most. But Sarah Josepha Hale was so much more. Educated by her mother, her brother, her husband and herself, Sarah Josepha Hale...

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Proclamations of Prayer and Thanksgiving – American History for the Modern Patriot

Proclamations of Prayer and Thanksgiving As we move into the Thanksgiving season, I thought you might be interested to learn about Thanksgiving Proclamations. In the next edition, we will learn about proclamations related to the actual celebration of Thanksgiving. In this edition, we will focus instead on proclamations of prayer and thanksgiving. As committees of correspondence and legislative bodies not under the control of the British formed throughout the American Colonies, it was not unusual for them to call for a day of prayer, fasting, or thanksgiving. Does that surprise you in this day and age when any type of prayer or thanks to God is deemed politically incorrect? Imagine the coverage that would ensue if a legislative body called for citizens to ask for God’s guidance or to be unabashedly thankful for the country in which we live?   Well, let’s examine what took place as the Virginia House of Burgesses designated May 24, 1774 as a Day of Fasting and Prayer. They did so in response to legislation passed by the British Parliament which closed the port of Boston. The legislation, known as the Boston Port Act, was known to the British as one of “the Coercive Acts.” However, the Americans referred to those acts using a very different, but equally charged, word. They referred to them as “the Intolerable Acts.” By the way, you can read...

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What Does Your Child Know About Thomas Jefferson? (23 AHMP Podcast) – American History for the Modern Patriot

What Does Your Child Know About Thomas Jefferson? (23 AHMP Podcast) Many people have asked me what launched me on my campaign to inspire adults to learn more about the Founding and Founding Documents? Of course, the simple answer is so they can educate their own children about information which will either be poorly taught to them in school or not taught to them at all. I also believe that it is critical for us to grasp the mounting level of tyranny that the Founders experienced under British rule, and how it served as basis for many of the principles and guarantees they incorporated into our Founding Documents. The plethora of stories from the colonial and founding periods of our nation are also filled with wit and wisdom that we can continue to learn from today. Today’s podcast is a bit about the spark that ignited my mission, as well as why you MUST make it a priority to teach your children, your grandchildren, and others around you about the Founding, our Founding Documents, as well as the amazing country in which they live. “What exactly do you know about Thomas Jefferson?” That simple question started me on a quest. It was the summer of 2011, and Congress was in the midst of yet another debate as to whether the debt ceiling should once again be raised. I asked...

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