A Web Site Page with a historical perspective...

In the latter stages of his life, Thomas Jefferson received some criticism regarding his work as the primary author of the Declaration of Independence.  Critics charged that the work was not original.  Jefferson agreed and countered that indeed he had borrowed ideas, that it was not the object "to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of... but intended to be an expression of the American mind, and to give that expression the proper tone and spirit."1

So too on this page you are likely to find many ideas borrowed from others but at the same time, you may well find original essays, journals and other expressions that give some microcosmic sense of American History, in a manner that will hopefully be both entertaining, enlightening, and give pause for reflection.  Enjoy.
(1) Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Henry Lee, May 8, 1825, as quoted in The Declaration of Independence: Carl L. Becker; Knopf 1922.

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A Navigator's Story - The story of John W. McClane, Jr. and his "Thirty-One Missions from a Navigator's Viewpoint."  Based on the journal he kept during his World War II service, Mr. McClane authored this series of essays documenting his experiences from his arrival in the European Theater of Operations through the conclusion of his thirty-one missions flown over occupied Europe in the B-24 Liberator, the "Lili Marlene."  (An Original work - author: John W. McClane, Jr.)

Grenade - A short story - actually two integrated parallel stories - with the same plot set in different times and places.  The fictional Mill Valley story is targeted to those who have not experienced the terror of war - to place them "inside the bunker."  The Vietnam component is real and happened just as it is told.   (An Original work - author: Chuck Allan, © Charles C. Allan, 1992)

An Ambulance Down in the Valley - A short poem, author unknown, whose lesson is equally applicable to everything from daily routines to geo-political situations.

The Single Bullet Theory - A brief explanation of the necessary conditions which must be accepted if one is to support the findings of the Warren Commission - that Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, fired three shots from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository on November 22, 1963, killing President John F. Kennedy.

Quotations for Reflection - My collection of personal favorite of quotations, arranged by category, that are more than sound bytes - these quotations provide an opportunity to reflect upon American culture and your personal beliefs.  Some quotations have a brief explanatory narrative attached.  Those wishing to review a wider spectrum of quotations may want to try -

The Declaration of Independence - stands alone as a social document and philosophical statement.  It is a culmination of the age of enlightenment; identify most eloquently the autonomous rights of man and the role of government.  There are few writings that are as compact, comprehensive and universal as the Declaration of Independence.

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address - Abraham Lincoln stated, "The world will little note nor long remember what we say here," - he was wrong.  In point of fact, The Gettysburg Address, a mere 267 words, is one of the most famous and recognizable documents in history.

United States Supreme Court - This Website is maintained by the Supreme Court of the United States to provide Court information to the bar, the public, and the news media. The site was developed by the Court and the Government Printing Office.  Whether you are a citizen activist or a tourist, there is something here for you.  You can find information regarding the history of the court and its constitutional role.  You may also review the calendar of the court and its opinions.  If you have an interest in a particular topic, you may find the court's opinions surprisingly easy to read.  Going to Washington?  You may also find information regarding visiting the court including sitting in the gallery during arguments or the reading of opinions.

Biographical Information - Charles C. Allan

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