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Book Review: Igniting the America Revolution, 1773-1775

Paul Revere’s famous ride[1] on April 18, 1775, roused the Minute Men and eventually by the evening of April 19th 3,716 enrolled militia would engage 1,934 British troops in the first military encounter of the American  Revolution.  The “shot heard round the world” [2] was much more than a single shot. “The best estimate of […]

Cápsulas Informativas Constitucionales (Constitutional Sound Bites) Now In Spanish

Attorney David J. Shestokas and author Dr. Berta Isabel Arias have released Cápsulas Informativas Constitucionales, now available on Amazon. This publication affords America’s Spanish speaking population an unprecedented opportunity to understand their freedoms, combining translations of America’s founding documents with an engaging discussion of historical context and contemporary application. Honoring a proud tradition, Cápsulas Informativas Constitucionales promotes understanding […]

The USA vs. King George. Or as we know it, the Declaration of Independence

While the Declaration of Independence is revered for its eloquence, and inspirational philosophies, in the most straightforward sense it is a legal document written by a lawyer and approved by lawyers. Of the Declaration’s signers 25 of 56 were lawyers. Of the non-lawyers, the rest were in business and active in public affairs. The statistics […]

Birthing of the Declaration of Independence: Part Seven, Quill is Set to Parchment

The celebration of American Independence Day on the Fourth of July has come to include parades, barbecues and fireworks.  The celebrations should include discussions of how the Declaration of Independence came to be. In Part One. The Committee of Five appointed to draft a declaration of independence had dwindled in reality to just Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. In […]

Birthing of the Declaration of Independence: Part Six, Defining the American Mind

The celebration of American Independence Day on the Fourth of July has come to include parades, barbecues and fireworks.  The celebrations should include discussions of how the Declaration of Independence came to be. In Part One. The Committee of Five appointed to draft a declaration of independence had dwindled in reality to just Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. In […]

Birthing of the Declaration of Independence: Part Five, Historical Precedents

The celebration of American Independence Day on the Fourth of July has come to include parades, barbecues and fireworks.  The celebrations should include discussions of how the Declaration of Independence came to be. The story began in Part One as The Committee of Five appointed to draft a declaration of independence had dwindled in reality to just Thomas Jefferson […]

Birthing the Declaration of Independence: Part Four, Jefferson’s Selection

The celebration of American Independence Day on the Fourth of July has come to include parades, barbecues and fireworks.  The celebrations should include discussions of how the Declaration of Independence came to be. The story began in Part One as The Committee of Five appointed to draft a declaration of independence had dwindled in reality […]

Birthing the Declaration of Independence: Part Three, Virginia Comes First

The celebration of American Independence Day on the Fourth of July has come to include parades, barbecues and fireworks.  The celebrations would do well to include discussions of how the Declaration of Independence came to be. Part Three of the Birthing of the Declaration of Independence looks at Jefferson’s state of mind following a meeting […]

Birthing the Declaration of Independence: Part Two, The Format

The celebration of American Independence Day on the Fourth of July has come to include parades, barbecues and fireworks.  The celebrations would do well to include discussions of how the Declaration of Independence came to be. Part Two of the Birthing of the Declaration of Independence takes place over an ale and a meal in […]

Birthing the Declaration of Independence: Part One

This is an excerpt from the new book: Creating the Declaration of Independence, available on Amazon in print and Kindle editions. by David J. Shestokas Thomas Jefferson left the June 12, 1776 meeting of the Second Continental Congress with mixed emotions.   His walk from the Pennsylvania State House took him east on Chestnut Street toward the […]