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Class Act of 1776
by Karen Palumbo
Thursday, July 01, 2010
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Happy July 4th Everyone!


                             Class Act of 1776
                       God Bless You!

How do we begin, where do we turn,
a day of celebration, prayer, remembrance.
Time to remember where it all began,
a chance to say thanks, our freedom deliverance.

                    God Bless You
John Hancock, Samuel Chase, William Paca,
Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll, George Wythe,
Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson.

Huddled in a tavern, a price on their heads,
rebel rousers they were, Patriots we say.
Never before, and we know never since,
how many came together under God this day.

                    God Bless You
Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr.,
Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton,
Robert Morris, and Dr. Benjamin Rush.

A dream, a wish, perhaps a passing fancy,
so oppressed, the last straw was The Stamp Act.
Lay claim the Dutch, French, Spanish and British,
then five Coercive Acts pushed us into a pact.

                     God Bless You
Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer,
Jay Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson,
George Ross, Caesar Rodney, and George Read.

Mutually pledged to each other under God,
their sacred honor, their fortune, and their life.
Some were murdered, beaten, and tortured,
homes burned, families killed, one lost his wife.

                      God Bless You
Thomas M. Kean, William Floyd, Philip Livingston,
Arthur Middleton, Button Gwinnett, Francis Lewis,
Lewis Morris, Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon.

The Battle of Brooklyn to the Battle of Trenton,
a call to arms heard by farmers and teachers.
To Valley Forge suffering, enduring, and learning,
shoemakers, blacksmiths, fathers, and preachers.

                       God Bless You
Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark,
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Samuel Adams,
John Adams, Robert T. Paine, and Elbridge Gerry.

Francis Marion guarding the Carolina outback,
Nathanael Greene, and his Mountain Men.
A nation split by Patriots, Loyalists, unconcerned,
culminating at Yorktown in a wide-open glen.

                       God Bless You
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery, William Williams,
Roger Sherman,Samuel Huntington, Oliver Wolcott,
Matthew Thornton, William Hooper, Joseph Hewes.

Remember George Washington's lifetime service,
alongside Marquis de Lafayette, but that was then.
Today, Flags waiving, we honor named, unnamed,
this ideology, this dream began with fifty-six men.

                       God Bless You
John Penn, Edward Rutledge, T. Heyward Jun,
T. Lynch Jun, Lyman Hall, and George Walton.

                 Our Fifty-six Signers
       "The Declaration of Independence"



Written by:
Karen Palumbo
Photography by:
Robert Palumbo
7/1/2010 © All rights reserved 




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Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald 7/25/2010
This is an amazing work. Well done
Reviewed by Douglas Bentley 7/19/2010
This gave me goose bumps all the way through reading it
Do I need to say more?

God bless you. Karen

Reviewed by Dawn Huffaker 7/12/2010
Brilliant, my friend! How our forefathers had such courage and conviction! I am grateful to each and every one of them.

Reviewed by Sheila Roy 7/11/2010
You write these beautifully, Karen. Historical and entertaining. Hugs,
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 7/6/2010
This is an absolutely wonderful write. Nothing I've read is a greater tribute to our forefathers who still take the credit for being some of the greatest men this country has ever known - or will likely ever know again.
Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson 7/5/2010
What a great tribute and poem dedicated to our forefathers!....Its a keeper! Times were hard back then , but those brave men had a dream of freedom which would not be denied!
Its a great way to learn more about the history of our country!!!! Thanks for sharing this priceless write with us!........M
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 7/5/2010
Exceptional personalized lesson and tribute. Patrick
Reviewed by Michael Jones 7/5/2010
Karen this is moving, heartfelt, bites deep in the soul: even though my people were in slavery during the fight for Independence ! I truly admire the patriots men in women of valor during such a horrific time during our country's history and birth, which you describe vividly, and so eloquently! But thank God for men like Abraham Lincoln, also known as honest Abe because he could not be bought! He was a Christian man and believed in the eyes of Almighty God that all men are created equal! As so stated in The Gettysburg Address! I love you and thank God for you and Robert. Peace!!!
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 7/4/2010
You have taken us back to the time when men stood for what they believed in, and did something about it. Thank you Karen for reminding us of the price our founding paid in writing and signing the Declaration of Independence and of the price our young soldiers pay with their lives to keep us an others free.

May the Lord Bless you, and those whom you love, and be with you always, and walk by your side. With love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your den sister Barbie
Reviewed by JMS Bell 7/4/2010
Reviewed by Andy Turner 7/4/2010
It is good romance. But England had more pressing engagements with Napoleon. So we made a quick dash, got rid of the aristocracy and came to the rescue of Wellington. The King only wanted the new land for taxes to fight Napoleon. The Wesley's had tamed the new world. We tricked french to the americas as a decoy to keep england out of the amazingly clever Napoleon. I've seen Churchill's desk where he wrote every speech. He had a big busk of Napoleon and just a wee one of Nelson.
Reviewed by John Coppolella 7/3/2010
I saw a show about all them on a Christian channel the other day. all the stories were fascinating where taken as a whole in the context non-revisionist history.
Reviewed by Dorothy Krusky 7/3/2010
Now thit is a history lesson for sure!! Well done.
We celebrated Canada Day here on the 1st of July and for most Canadians it was great to see our Queen join us in celebrating our 143rd yr. I don't mind saying I enjoy our Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth as she definitely represents dignity. (my personal opinion)
The Declaration of Independence is definitely a history well preserved and you have done it so nicely. Imagine all those fine people fighting for their Independence all thse years ago.

Happy Birthday to our American friends!!

Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 7/2/2010
Quite a historical roster, Karen! Red, White and Blue all the way! Impressive and a class act on this den! Have a safe and Happy Fourth you and Robert...Blessed Be.

Love and Freedom,
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 7/2/2010
This is awesome Karen
You make learning history so much more interesting than how I recall it
From school book days
And your photo too is really great to accompany this wonderful poem
Bicenteniel Moments
Reviewed by Roger Ochs 7/2/2010
Happy 4th. I'm glad I opened this on the 2nd for reasons probably only you understand.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/2/2010
Those that forget history are condemned to repeat it, I've often heard. Thank God you don't and remind the rest of us not to. Thank you, Karen -- this is beautiful and inspiring. One of your (many) bests -- Happy, safe 4th of July.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 7/2/2010
We should all remember our history, and Happy 4th, to you.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/2/2010
This is one great write and in itself a proud procalmation of the love you have for your country. You should definately have submitted this to publications as it is definately a work that says so much and perhaps at a time when Americans need to be reminded how so few can do so much for so many....
Reviewed by Paul Berube 7/2/2010
Great tribute here, Karen. God bless and have a Happy Fourth.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 7/2/2010
...and one of them flew a kite! Happy 4th of July!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Reviewed by Liana Margiva 7/2/2010
EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!! POWERFUL POEM!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 7/1/2010
Unless You're Veteran Doesn't Mean Much Those Who Not!Simply People Not Not Care Unless It Affect$ There Wallet$ Or Their Child Is Next 1 Become Victim Killed Dead Of Pervert Child Molester--Then They Become Self Glorified Martyrs!

I Still Say (God) Will Ask You Too Write History Of Humanity:

Staring With List Those Who Do Not Care,i.e. It Will Be 90% Of Humanity!

Keep Em Comen!

Reviewed by TONY NERONE 7/1/2010
As always Karen a very informative piece. And put to a poetry forum, excellent!!

Reviewed by Christine Tsen 7/1/2010
Wow, Karen, this is really good and also very detailed! I think you are very intellient the way this is put together ~
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