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74 kids explore U.S. Constitution

With Independence Day just around the corner, recently the Republican Women of Williamson County hosted the third second annual Camp Constitution for 74 rising fifth through exiting eighth grade students at the Brentwood Library. In four 30-minute sessions, former and current history teachers and historians introduced students to the founding documents – the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and explained the historical emergence of the Constitutional Republic form of government that rules this country. History games followed the students’ lunch break adding levity to the day.

John Glynn is the fifth great grandson of Judge Richard Stockton, who was one of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. He is also a student of history and the founding documents and an author. John and his wife Kathryn, dressed in 18th century style clothing to bring history alive, explained the events and the process that led the colonists to declare themselves independent from Great Britain.

 “King George II had bad advisors,” Glynn said. “It wasn’t that we were unknown, it was that Americans were thought of as second-class citizens.”

On July 4, 1776, 56 men representing 13 colonies signed the Declaration of Independence – “America’s Birth Certificate.” With their signatures they pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to the new republic. In doing so they became criminals and Americans became citizens of a new nation. 

Claudia Henneberry, a former history teacher, presented a discussion of the Constitution. After the group read the preamble together, she paraphrased Patrick Henry by saying, “The Constitution is an instrument to protect the people from the government. It is an instrument for the people to use to restrain the government.”

Mindy McAlindon, a homeschool teacher, presented the Bill of Rights and three additional amendments to the Constitution. She explained the roots of each of the amendments and the reasons for their inclusion in the Constitution often presenting them in a way that allowed students to voice their own thoughts.

Hannah Tiblier, a former nurse, gave a presentation that explored a perspective of the Founding Fathers’ relationship with Christian principles.

John and Kathryn Glynn talk about the implications of the Declaration of Independence, what lead to its creation and the process of approval before the 56 signers pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to the country they were forming. John is the fifth great grandson of one of the signers - Richard Stockton.


Posted on: 6/28/2013


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