Early American values, Pt. 2

Published: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Part 1 of this letter ended giving historic evidence that under any circumstances, early Americans met their obligations. I said I would give two examples of early American values. The second one is the Homestead Act. This gave immigrants a plot of land. The requirements to receive permanent title were: The recipient of the homestead must occupy the property and improve it for one year.

Failure to meet these requirements would eliminate the homesteader’s opportunity to obtain a permanent title to the property.

There are other examples of the quality of early American character. The 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence knew the British Empire would consider this an act of treason for which the penalty was death.

Those Americans volunteering for military service during the Revolutionary War brought with them their own clothes, arms and munitions if they had them. Many wealthy individuals who served contributed their fortunes, and in some cases lost their lives. Some of these wealthy men were penniless at the end of the war.

These are the people referred to by great American visionaries as the people responsible for the success of America. America came from near the bottom of the world’s nations to the unquestioned top in just 200 years.

Even if you discounted my belief that God’s blessing is responsible for America’s success, you have to agree the American values and character of its residents are the reason for America’s success.

See part 3 next month.

Clifford Evenson

Johnsburg

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