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American Matriarchs—Wives of the Signers

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Listen $10 @ Amazon Store All the signers of the Declaration of Independence suffered financial loss having joined the cause of freedom, and in some cases, they sustained complete fiscal ruin. These men were not alone in their sufferings, for their wives, children, and other family members were similarly objects of British wrath. Absent from historical records, however, are laments on the part of the signers' wives concerning the cause to which their husbands had given their lives and fortunes. As noted by the authors, "Such troubles must have fallen heavily upon the women of the household,...Read more... Read more... -->

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"...Resolved, That it be recommended to all the United States, as soon as possible, to appoint a day of solemn fasting and humiliation; to implore of Almighty God the forgiveness of the many sins prevailing among all ranks, and to beg the countenance and assistance of his Providence in the prosecution of the present just and necessary war... "
– Congressional Prayer Proclamation
Journals of Congress, 6:1022
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