Did You Know?

Following is a long (continually growing) list of historical facts that most Americans have no knowledge of and would be hard pressed to believe are actually true.  The average ignorant, low information American along with the vast majority in academia, news media, entertainment, Hollywood — movies, television, music, talk radio — education, those in public sector work including elected officials and the judiciary would be absolutely dumb-founded to find the information here is in fact true American history.

Prepare to be amazed!

1. “In God We Trust” first appeared on US coins in 1864 having been applied to newly designed two-cent coins.  In 1956 by an act of Congress it was added to all US currency as the “official” motto of the United States of America.  The phrase “In God We Trust” originated in “The Star-Spangled Banner”, written during the War of 1812.  The fourth stanza includes the phrase, “And this be our motto: ‘In God is our Trust.'”

2. The Continental Congress on July 4, 1776 formed a committee (Ben Franklin, John Adams & Thomas Jefferson) to design a national seal for the new Nation.  Benjamin Franklin’s original design was the dramatic historical scene from Exodus of – Moses crossing the Red Sea and causing the sea to overwhelm Pharoah – to express that he acts by Command of Deity.  He added the motto: ‘Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God’.

Thomas Jefferson suggested an allegorical scene with the – children of Israel in the wilderness, led by a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. On the reverse: Hengist and Horsa, two brothers who were legendary leaders of the first Anglo-Saxon settlers in Britain.

John Adams chose another allegorical painting known as the “Judgment of Hercules” where the paths were self-indulgence or the rugged, uphill way of duty to others and honor to self.

3. The original motto of the United States E Pluribus Unum (out of many, one) refers to  many “states” becoming one nation and was later changed to “In God We Trust.”

4. The reverse side of the Great Seal of the United States reads : Annuit Coeptis (God has favored our undertakings.)

5. To be continued…

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