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Liberty Bell Tolls for Independence

Saturday, July 05, 2014

I tried to post this yesterday on our Fourth of July and America's Independence Day but was having issues with SP.

Here’s a little history of the Liberty Bell:

The Pennsylvania Assembly ordered the Liberty Bell in 1751 to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of William Penn’s Charter of Privileges, the original Constitution of the state of Pennsylvania.

On Nov. 1, 1751, a letter was sent to order a bell from Whitechapel Foundry in London and to inscribe on it a passage from Leviticus: “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof – Lev. XXV X. By Order of the ASSEMBLY of the Province of PENSYLVANIA for the State House in Philada.”

The bell was hung on March 10, 1753, and cracked the first time it was struck. At the time, it was thought that the bell was too brittle. Two Philadelphia foundry workers named John Pass and John Stow were given the cracked bell to be melted down and recast. They added copper in an attempt to make the new bell less brittle.

No one liked the sound, so Pass and Stow tried again. In November, the sound still wasn’t good enough, so a new one was ordered from Whitechapel.

When the new bell arrived, it sounded no better than the other one, so the Whitechapel bell ended up in the cupola on the State House roof, and the Pass and Stow bell remained in the steeple.

The Liberty Bell tolled when Benjamin Franklin was sent to England to address Colonial grievances, it tolled when King George III ascended to the throne in 1761 and it tolled to call together the people of Philadelphia to discuss the Sugar Act in 1764 and the Stamp Act in 1765.

In October 1777, the British occupied Philadelphia. The Liberty Bell was hidden in the floorboards of the Zion Reformed Church in Allentown. According to tradition, it continued tolling for the First Continental Congress in 1774, the Battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775 and on July 8, 1776, when it summoned the citizenry for the reading of the Declaration of Independence.

However, the steeple was in bad condition, and historians today doubt the likelihood of the story. The final expansion of the crack that rendered the bell unringable was on Washington’s birthday in 1846.

The Liberty Bell was originally called the “State House Bell,” but abolitionists adopted it as a symbol and gave it the name “Liberty Bell” in 1837. In 1847, George Lippard wrote a fictional story for The Saturday Courier that told of an elderly bellman waiting in the State House steeple for word that Congress had declared independence.

Suddenly the bellman’s grandson, who was eavesdropping at the doors of Congress, yelled to him, “Ring, Grandfather! Ring!” The story captured the imagination of the people, and the Liberty Bell was forever associated with the Declaration of Independence.

Starting in the 1880s, the bell traveled to cities around the country “proclaiming liberty” and inspiring the cause of freedom. A replica of the Liberty Bell, forged in 1915, was used to promote women’s suffrage. It traveled the country with its clapper chained to its side, silent until women won the right to vote. On Sept. 25, 1920, it was brought to Independence Hall and rung in ceremonies celebrating the ratification of the 19th amendment.

Each year, the bell is gently tapped in honor of Martin Luther King Day. On every Fourth of July, at 2 p.m., children who are descendants of Declaration signers symbolically tap the Liberty Bell 13 times while bells across the nation also ring 13 times in honor of the patriots from the original 13 states.

Be sure to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you and give them a great big hug. We are never promised tomorrow and need to take advantage of every day as our days turn into years!!! (((HUGS)))
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SIOL55 7/8/2014 8:46PM


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OPALMOON 7/7/2014 9:43AM

    Very interesting story, Helen. Thanks for sharing!
Hope you had a great Independence Day.
Hugs and blessings, Nattacia

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MAURIZIA 7/7/2014 8:40AM

    Thanks for sharing the history of the Liberty Bell. I remember the first time I saw it, with several mentally disabled boys, and it took my breath away, knowing its symbolism.


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DIBANANA 7/6/2014 10:28AM

  I remember going to Philadelphia for the first time and seeing all the sites. When I came around the corner to see the Liberty Bell I started to cry. It was totally unexpected to me to be so moved by it.

What a piece of our history. Too bad so many of us forget.

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MSLZZY 7/6/2014 8:43AM

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JANIEWWJD 7/6/2014 12:44AM

    Wonderful story!!! Thank you for sharing, and you are right, we NEED to tell our loved how much they mean to us before it is too late. In the last two weeks, two friends of mine have lost their husbands suddenly and unexpectedly. It was so sad, both husbands died in their sleep and both were in their late fifties. We never know how long we have!! God bless you, my friend!!!!
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DEE107 7/6/2014 12:12AM

    thank you for sharing and I learned a few things thank you

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MILLISMA 7/5/2014 10:09PM

    Helen, thanks so much for sharing. I knew some of this but not all. Great history lesson.

hugs.....Mary Anne

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    Lovely story thank you for sharing. So glad we live in America. We have problems here but America is still the best country. I do agree with another writer about the care and treatment our Veterans are getting. But in America we can say these things and work toward a better treatment for them. Stand tall and be proud. Be proud to be an American and of our Veterans who have served our people and country. Hugs

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LUCYCAN7 7/5/2014 6:07PM

History is what it is.Our Government is running OUR country the way
they want to NOT the way it WAS based and founded on our forFathers!
It is a shame the way OUR VETERANS are being treated.It really is hard
to enjoy Indepedence Day when you see the shape their lives are in.
I respect your view.Let's stand up for what is right!!!

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123ELAINE456 7/5/2014 5:31PM

  That is a Wonderful Story. Thank You for sharing it. Love hear things about the History of our Great Country. Hope You had a Wonderful 4th of July Independence Day. God Bless America. Hope all is well with you and your family. God Blessings Always. Have a Fantastic Week. Good Thoughts, Prayers and Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!Coming Your Way. Take Care.

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SUSIEPH1 7/5/2014 5:00PM

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful story Helen .. I love history and this answered a lot of my thoughts ... Hugs my friend .. Love you .. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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POSITIVEHOPE 7/5/2014 3:39PM

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. This is my second piece of learning about Independence Day this year. I heard that the Star-Spangled Banner was written as a poem and then it became an anthem when it was applied to a popular British song. Interesting.

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MOM2ACAT 7/5/2014 3:26PM

    Thank you for sharing, and for the reminder of the true meaning of this holiday.
Enjoy your weekend, and thank you for all your support! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/5/2014 3:17PM

    Our country is so rich with history. Thank you for sharing this!

HUGS and hope your 4th was blessed.

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    Very interesting!! Loved reading about the Liberty Bell!

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LITTLEWIND53 7/5/2014 2:03PM

    That is a very interesting story. Thanks for sharing....

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FROSTY99 7/5/2014 1:58PM

    Thank you for sharing this bit of history with all of us.
Have a wonderful and blessed weekend.

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