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Fayette County Republican Women's Club is proud to present articles of interest*, on the topic of Americanism, by State Americanism Chairman, Patsy Owens.  These articles may be used by any of our state Republican Women's Clubs at club meetings.  We will be continually adding to this collection, so check back frequently!  Many thanks to Patsy Owens and Anne Steele for their work on this project. To see each article, click on the blue article title.

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Margaret Chase Smith

A Republican Pioneer Woman

Compiled By Patsy Owens, KFRW Americanism Chairman - Illustrations by Anne Steele

SYNOPSIS:

Margaret Chase Smith is considered one of America's most outstanding twentieth-century political leaders and one of its greatest stateswomen.
She became the first woman in the nation's history to serve in both houses of Congress and the first to be elected to the Senate in her own right---without the benefit of having been appointed to the office.

Kentucky’s First Republican Governor, 

William O’Connell Bradley

Compiled By Patsy Owens, KFRW Americanism Chairman - Illustrations by Anne Steele

SYNOPSIS:

Whenever possible in looking at historical events--- I like to highlight contributions our OWN KENTUCKY CITIZENS have made to our country. As I was driving back home on Highway 27 from a meeting I had attended---a historical marker on the roadway near Lancaster, Kentucky caught my attention. It was honoring the 32nd Governor of Kentucky---William O'Connell Bradley who was born near Lancaster in Garrard County, Kentucky. After further research---it was interesting to note--- that he was the FIRST REPUBLICAN--- to serve as Governor of Kentucky--- and Bradley became known--- as the father of the Republican Party in Kentucky.

Flag Day

Compiled By Patsy Owens, KFRW Americanism Chairman - Illustrations by Anne Steele

SYNOPSIS:

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14th. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States...Flag Day is not an official federal holiday. However, it is at the President’s discretion to proclaim officially the observance... 

For more than 200 years, the American flag has been the symbol of our nation’s strength and unity. It’s been a source of pride and inspiration for millions of citizens. And the American Flag has been a prominent icon in our national history.

 
Thomas Jefferson - Powerful Advocate of Liberty

Compiled By Patsy Owens, KFRW Americanism Chairman - Illustrations by Anne Steele

SYNOPSIS:

Across our great nation there seems to be a groundswell of protest against the leftist agenda of those who now hold power in the Executive and Legislative branches of government.

The tenor of this grassroots movement is growing louder as its number swells and its purpose becomes defined. It is a protest characterized as —a call for restoration of our Constitution's authority and return to its standard for Rule of Law---as expressed by the author of our Declaration of Independence---Thomas Jefferson.

As one of the most recognizable presidents of all time, Thomas Jefferson left his mark on America in a big way.

Contributions of Women During the American Revolution

Compiled By Patsy Owens, KFRW Americanism Chairman - Illustrations by Anne Steele

SYNOPSIS:

"While many do not think of women as Freedom Fighters, an occasional woman found herself placed---or placed herself--- in extraordinary circumstances well beyond the roles dictated by 18th century society. While women encouraged the men who fought for freedom, they also showed bravery on their own, which entitles them to honorable remembrance throughout the centuries. These women, along with many men, should be remembered as Patriots who pledged to the cause of liberty---their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor."

Arlington National Cemetery Tomb of the Unknowns

Compiled By Patsy Owens, KFRW Americanism Chairman - Illustrations by Anne Steele

SYNOPSIS:

This "National Moment of Remembrance" is just one of the ways we, as a society, observe traditional, solemn ceremonies as a means of remembering, honoring, and mourning those who have passed on from this life to whatever lies beyond.

And for our soldiers in particular--- we as a nation, observe some very formalized rituals as a means of affording our very highest honors to members of the armed forces who have died in the service of their country--- particularly those who have fallen in wartime.

We acknowledge our UNIDENTIFIED fallen heroes with a special place of reverence in our most honored of burial grounds---the Tomb of the Unknowns (also known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier), in Arlington National Cemetery.

The Beast

Compiled By Patsy Owens, KFRW Americanism Chairman - Illustrations by Anne Steele

SYNOPSIS:

The Presidential limousine is a rolling fortress---so much so--- that it is referred to by Secret Service agents as--- “The Beast.” 
Not much is actually known about The Beast--- since it falls under the Secret Service's classified motor pool, but a few specifications and secrets have leaked out over the last few years.
This is a fascinating article about this one-of-a-kind automobile and how it has evolved over the years.

Carry Nation - A Kentucky Girl

Compiled By Patsy Owens, KFRW Americanism chairman - Illustrations by Anne Steele

SYNOPSIS:

Carry Nation, the woman whose bar smashing in Kansas will make her an infamous character in the Prohibition movement, was born in Kentucky on November 25, 1846.  She was a radical member of the temperance movement, which opposed alcohol before the advent of Prohibition. She is particularly noteworthy for promoting her viewpoint through vandalism. Nation frequently attacked the property of alcohol-serving establishments (most often taverns) with a hatchet.