NOTE: The Daily News Article resumes Tuesday, February 16.
George Washington is known as the Father of Our Country; Abraham Lincoln is known as The Great Emancipator.
Take some time to read the following and visit the websites:
ON WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY: (from archives.gov)
For more information on George Washington, go to MountVernon.org.
Read The Bulletproof George Washington detailing God’s protection of George Washington.
(George Washington’s tomb is at Mt. Vernon. Read/watch Famous Visits to Washington’s Tomb.)
HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT OUR 16TH PRESIDENT?
Abraham Lincoln was born on Feb. 12, 1809. Shot by John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln died at 7:22 a.m. on April 15, 1865. Lincoln’s birthday is marked by traditional wreath-laying ceremonies at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site in Hodgenville, Kentucky, and at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The latter has been the site of a ceremony ever since the Memorial was dedicated in 1922. A wreath is laid on behalf of the President of the United States, a custom also carried out at the grave sites of all deceased U.S. presidents on their birthdays. Lincoln’s tomb is in Springfield, Illinois. (official website: lincolntomb.org)
GEORGE WASHINGTON’S RULE OF CIVILITY
At the age of 15 George Washington copied the “110 Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation.” These maxims were so fully lived out in George Washington’s life that historians have regarded them as important influences in forming his character. Listed below are several of the maxims followed by George Washington.
How many do you follow?
#6 – Sleep not when others Speak, Sit not when others stand, Speak not when you Should hold your Peace, walk not on when others Stop.
#18 – Read no Letters, Books, or Papers in Company but when there is a Necessity for the doing of it you must ask leave: come not near the Books or Writings of Another so as to read them unless desired or give your opinion of them unask’d also look not nigh when another is writing a Letter.
#23 – When you see a Crime punished, you may be inwardly Pleased; but always shew Pity to the Suffering Offender.
#38 – In visiting the Sick, do not Presently play the Physicion if you be not Knowing therein.
#40 – Strive not with your Superiers in argument, but always Submit your Judgment to others with Modesty.
#53 – Run not in the Streets, neither go too slowly nor with Mouth open go not Shaking yr Arms kick not the earth with yr feet, go not upon the Toes, nor in a Dancing fashion.
#56 – Associate yourself with Men of good Quality if you Esteem your own Reputation; for ’tis better to be alone than in bad Company.
#71 – Gaze not on the marks or blemishes of Others and ask not how they came. What you may Speak in Secret to your Friend deliver not before others.
#97 – Put not another bit into your Mouth til the former be Swallowed let not your Morsels be too big for the Gowls.
#109 – Let your Recreations be Manfull not Sinfull.
For the complete list of maxims, go to the Colonial Williamsburg website at: history.org/Almanack/life/manners/rules2.cfm.
CHALLENGE: Choose 5-10 maxims from the link above. Make a short video illustrating your choices. Consider submitting your video for possible posting on StudentNewsDaily.com. (see “Resources” below for a video done by a group of University of Virginia students several years ago)
ON GEORGE WASHINGTON’S LETTERS TO HIS WIFE MARTHA:
GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THE CONSTITUTION:
CHALLENGE: How many times have you read through the entire Constitution? Read through the U.S. Constitution every day for a week. For the full text, go to the U.S. Archives: archives.gov
ABOUT LINCOLN’S GETTYSBURG ADDRESS (NOV. 19, 1863): (read Lincoln’s speech at: gettysburg.com)
–Read Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address at gettysburg.com
What do you think of the video below made by University of Virginia students to explain/illustrate the intended meaning of some of George Washington’s “Rules of Civility”?
Watch a video of Lincoln’s Gettysburg address: