Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America

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President Washington’s Farewell Address

Transcript of President George Washington’s Farewell Address (1796)

print-friendly versionFriends and Fellow Citizens:

The period for a new election of a citizen to administer the executive government of the United States being not far distant, and the time actually arrived when your thoughts must be employed in designating the person who is to be clothed with that important trust, it appears to me proper, especially as it may conduce to a more distinct expression of the public voice, that I should now apprise you of the resolution I have formed, to decline being considered among the number of those out of… Continue reading

The Arcane Texas Fact of the Day:

On April 11, 1836, the two cannons known as “The Twin Sisters” were finally delivered to Sam Houston’s Army as it continued its movements across Texas toward San Jacinto and glory. The guns had been purchased by the people of Cincinnati, Ohio after those fine folks had donated the funds to purchase them in November, 1835. They were cast in Cincinnati, shipped to New Orleans, labeled “hollow ware” to avoid suspicion, then sent to Galveston. They were named “The Twin Sisters” after the twin daughters of Doctor Charles Rice. They played a key role at the Battle of San Jacinto… Continue reading

It is the Soldier

“It is the Soldier, not the minister who has given us freedom of religion.  It is the Soldier, not the reporter who has given us freedom of the press.  It is the Soldier, not the poet who has given us freedom of speech.  It is the soldier, not the campus organizer who has given us freedom to protest.  It is the Soldier, not the lawyer who has given us the right to a fair trial.  It is the Soldier, not the politician who has given us the right to vote.  It is the Soldier… Continue reading

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