"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
Abraham Lincoln


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Christian roots:

The Founding Fathers on Jesus, Christianity and the Bible (wallbuilders.com)
(Hmmm.  Do you see this taught in history? - S.K. Smith..)

In God We Still Trust (youtube.com)  
 (Christian Patriotic song, by diamond Rio. )

Rediscovering God In America  (youtube.com)  
 (A "walking tour" through Washington, D.C.  - At each stop of the walking tour we'll see evidence of God in America. From the National Archives and Capitol Building to Arlington National Cemetery and Library of Congress, the role of religion in our nation's founding is examined and explained.)

Rediscovering God In America II: Our Heritage   (youtube.com)  
 (From Jamestown to the Civil, rediscovering our Judeo-Christian roots.)


 Best John Wayne Quote - ever!   (youtube.com) 
("Quote for the Alamo (1960)".)

 Stephen Fry & Craig Ferguson on America   (youtube.com) 
("Interesting perspective on the US from two Brits".)



 Immigration Explorer  (www.nytimes.com) 
(Select a foreign-born group to see how they settled across the United States)

Mapping America: Every City, Every Block  (www.nytimes.com) 
("Browse local data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, based on samples from 2005 to 2009.")

Road Trips:

Virtual Car Trip Through the USA!   (http://www.partsgeek.com)
("Traveling around the country can be a lot of fun for individuals and families alike.")




The 50 States:

Wakko's 50 State Capitols (YouTube.com)
(Animaniacs can be educational)

America, the Beautiful  (jacquielawson.com)
(Flashcard showing the official flowers of the 50 states.  - S. K. Smith) 

States and Capitals  (50states.com)
(Info on the 50 states.  - S. K. Smith)  


The American Form of Government  (YouTube.com)
("An explanation of the various forms of government, and why America is not a democracy.")

The Preamble of the US Constitution

Schoolhouse Rock  (YouTube.com)

Captain Kirk  (YouTube.com)

December 15th - Bill of Rights Day - Sometimes we do learn from history (smithsk.blogspot.com)  
 ("December 15th should be celebrated by all Americans. On this day in 1791, the first ten amendments to the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights, were ratified by three-fourths of the States.")

Federalist Papers  (foundingfathers.info)  
 ("The Federalist Papers were written and published during the years 1787 and 1788 in several New York State newspapers to persuade New York voters to ratify the proposed constitution.")

U.S. Government and Politics Study Guides - SparkNotes  (sparknotes.com)  
 (The Cliff Notes of Government.  SK Smith)



The Monuments:

 The Statue of Liberty:

America The Story of Us: Why do Immigrants Come to America? (youtube.com) 
("Skyscrapers and the Statue of Liberty are symbols of the American Dream for millions of immigrants.")

Statue of Liberty Deconstructed  (youtube.com) 
("The skin of the statue of liberty is only about as thick as 2 pennies stacked together.")

 Ground Zero:


Patriotic sentiments:

 BIRMAN: America still the shining city on a hill - Washington Times  (washingtontimes.com)
(What possibly could inspire someone to leave behind the comfort and familiarity of home and the warmth of friends and relatives to seek the unknown alone in a foreign land?" .)

The People:

 I Am America    (youtube.com) 
("A video presented to the U.S. State Department by Business for Diplomatic Action. It will be played in U.S. embassies and consulates.")

 I Am America   (YouTube.com)
(Another great video and song for troubled times.  " 'I Am America' is a hopeful song with heavy dose of truth.)

 I Want to be an American    (www.televisiontunes.com) 
(from What a Country Theme Song)
 Remember Who We Are   (YouTube.com) 
("A slideshow ... to Krista Branch's newest single, Remember Who We Are.")


 Red and the Pledge  (YouTube.com)
(Red Skelton dissects the Pledge of Allegiance - S.K. Smith..)


Independence Day Quiz (games.toast.net)
(These questions used to be on a citizenship test.  I took it and missed 2 questions. - S. K. Smith)


Classic, Rock, Modern American ...

Classic :

 George M. Cohan Medley   (YouTube.com)
("A tribute to George M. Cohan"  He wrote some great stuff! - S.K. Smith)


American Pie:

The Song and Lyrics  (youtube.com)
(Sung by Don McClean)

 Rock Around the Clock-Bill Haley - original song - 1955  (YouTube.com)
(Pictures are from American Graffiti.)

Surfin' USA - The Beach Boys  (YouTube.com)
(Surfin' USA is the second album released by The Beach Boys and was released in early 1963.)


 America, the Beautiful  (YouTube.com)
(Great scenes, great singing, great country, Great God!  - S.K. Smith..)
(I love this version of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, set to the images of classic movie scenes - S.K. Smith..)

Stars and Stripes forever:

Stars and Stripes Forever  (YouTube.com)
("a pictoral history and tribute to the American Military")

  This Land is Your Land  (YouTube.com)
("Patriotic video tribute to American to the Song: This Land is Your Land.")

 God Bless America:

Kate Smith introduces God Bless America (YouTube.com)
(This song is featured in the 1943 movie - "This Is the Army."  Toward the end of the clip you will briefly see actor and future president, Ronald Reagan.) - S.K. Smith..)
God Bless America 
("A patriotic slide show set to Celine Dion's version of 'God Bless America.")

 You're a Grand Old Flag:

You're A Grand Old Flag  (YouTube.com)
 (Lyrics by George M. Cohan.  Sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.)

You're A Grand Old Flag (Letter from Iraq) 
(" ..."You're a Grand Old Flag." Lyrics by George M. Cohan. Music is royalty free (no pun intended) and compliments of the US Army Band, (HQ Army Europe.)")


Songs, and such ...

California :

 The Mamas & The Papas: California Dreamin'  (YouTube.com)
(California Dreamin is a popular song by The Mamas & the Papas, first released in 1965.)

Oklahoma :

 Oklahoma  (youtube.com)
(The final song of Oklahoma (1955).)

Wyoming :

 Oh Yes Wyoming  (YouTube.com)
(From the Seinfed and Superman ads for American Express.)

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