Elizabeth Freeman – November 1, 1780

Experience the American dream with today’s Patriot of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.

It’s November 1, 1780. I’m in Boston, Massachusetts, with African-American Elizabeth Freeman.

JG: “Elizabeth, why are you suing for your freedom in the courts?”

EF: “Mr. Gillespie, I am an American, and the Declaration of Independence says I have certain inalienable God-given rights that no man or government can take away. Therefore, I exercise my right to be free.”

Free she became as Elizabeth Freeman won in the courts, bought land, and raised a patriotic family in Massachusetts.

Read more about Elizabeth Freeman and her fight for freedom.

John and Jan Gillespie are the founders of the Rawhide Boys’ Ranch; they have fostered 351 teenagers and wrote the book Our 351 Sons; they have also assisted numerous churches in developing youth programs and expanding their total church ministries. After running for U.S. Senate, John founded 1776 American Dream, which exists to demonstrate the vision of our founding fathers and help our generation of youth passionately embrace those values.

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