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National Treasures and American History on eBay

November 20, 2011

The words of our Founding Fathers, their wives, their chroniclers and their associates, are for sale to the highest bidder.  This is a very enlightening but disturbing find, while researching prices for some of my own antique books.  I was riveted to see the extent that original documents and initial publications, are in the general collector’s hands.  It is also interesting that some of the history in these documents and books are never mentioned in schools … what students don’t know is already hurting us.

This long excruciating campaign season is a great example that American History is re-written by the candidates to schmooze the vote.  Political marketers target the uninformed and dis-interested voter with spicy one lined reasons to vote for their candidate.  The season of disinformation is upon us again … ah, the American way.

Amazing what “National Treasures” are available on eBay!

– A TRUE CHRONICLE OF LIBERTY  1529-1919 / 34 ITEMS – asking price $1 Million

INTRODUCTION: JOHN ADAMS’ LAMENT ABOUT RECORDED HISTORY

“In plain English, and in a few words Mr. Niles, I consider the true history of the American Revolution & the establishment of our present Constitution as lost forever. And nothing but misrepresentations or partial account of it, ever will be recovered.” – John Adams to Hezekiah Niles 

John Adams’ lament about the inaccuracy and corruption of recorded history was well-founded. Today, thanks to decades of historic revisionism and educational failure, most Americans are astonishingly ignorant about the priceless historic heritage that produced our now faltering freedoms. Inattention to liberty’s origins is leading to liberty’s end.

– 1637 NEW-ENGLAND CHARTER AMERICAN 4TH OF JULY ANTIQUE  THE VERY FIRST ACT OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE!!!

– 1788 AMERICAN RELIGIOUS LIBERTY SIGNED Antique Bible   A U.S. NATIONAL TREASURE & MUSEUM PIECE! . NO-RESERVE!

WRITTEN AND SIGNED BY THOMAS ELKINS & JOHN SINGLETON OF KINGSTON, NEW HAMPSHIRE WHO ARE LISTED ON THE NEXT PAGE OF THE 1790 CENSUS WITH JOSIAH BARTLETT A SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE!

“RELIGIOUS LIBERTY”

Folio size Manuscript Document Dated Sunday June 15, 1788 Kingston, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, Titled:“RELIGIOUS LIBERTY” in dark brown or black ink on laid paper with large watermark of seated figure with shield and spear within a large circle underneath a Crown, measuring 12.5″ x 8″ wide. Written on both sides. 

–  THE PROSPECT BEFORE US, JAMES CALLENDER, 1800, SEDITION

What makes this booklet so exceedingly rare is that fact that it was suppressed by the U.S. Government as a result of the Sedition Act passed in 1798, resulting in James Callender being put on trial and the confiscation of the copies of this booklet he still had and their subsequent destruction.  Copies in private hands like this survived, but since it was not bound well to begin with, many copies disintegrated due to multiple time and age related causes.

James Thomson Callender, Scandlmonger – Period: 1790s
He was the new republic’s most notorious scandalmonger. During the 1790s, James Thomson Callender published vicious attacks on George Washington, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, and other leading political figures.
Born in Scotland in 1758, Callender was an early advocate of Scottish independence from Britain. After being indicted for sedition, he fled to Philadelphia in 1793, where he supported himself as a journalist and political propagandist.
Profoundly suspicious of Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton’s pro-British views on foreign policy, Callender used his pen to discredit Hamilton in 1797. Hamilton’s public reputation was tarnished, and he never held public office again.
In 1798, Hamilton’s political party, the Federalists, pushed the Sedition Act through Congress, making it a crime to attack the government or the president with false, scandalous, or malicious statements. The most famous seditious libel trial was that of James Thompson Callender (United States v. James Thompson Callender, 1800).

 The Three Most Important Secession Documents – 1860

A very nice set of the three documents that dissolved the United States of America when it became apparent that Abraham Lincoln would be elected President by the Electoral College. Declaration of the Immediate Causes which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal UnionThe Ordinance of Secession, and The Address of the People of South Carolina Assembled in Convention to the People of the Slaveholding States of the United States.  

– Southern Grievances – Speech of William W. Boyce – Congress – 1860

–  Constitution of the Confederate States of America – Montgomery – 1861

Constitution of the Confederate States of America . . . [and] United States of America. [Montgomery, AL, 1861].  Pamphlet.  21 pages with 3 blanks.

Exceptionally scarce. Shows the Constitutions of the Confederate States of America and the United States of America in parallel columns.  Only eight copies of this original consitution pamphlet have been located: six by P&W that are held in institutions plus this and one other copy in private hands.  From the estate of a descendant of Thomas Young Simons, a signer of the South Carolina Ordinance of Secession.

Historical revisionism   Quote WIKI Political Influence section:

History provides insight into past political trends and helps predict political implications of the present. Revisionism can be used to cultivate specific politically motivated myths – sometimes with official consent. [14] Self-taught, amateur, or dissident academic historians manipulate and/or misrepresent historical accounts to achieve deliberate political ends. Herodotus, for example, wrote his version of history to gather political support for the Greek system of government over the aggressive Persian despot.[15] Also, Communism and Soviet historiography treated reality and the party line as one and the same,[16] employing historical revisionism to advance a specific political (and ideological) agenda.[17]

Disinformation  Quote WIKI:  Disinformation (a translation of the Russian word dezinformatsiya) is intentionally false or inaccurate information that is spread deliberately.

So, we can all rewrite history to suit out personal desires.  We do it every day when we exaggerate little anecdotes about ourselves to our friends or our boss.  But, when it becomes a tool of a determined political faction to justify whatever political goals they are after, it is no better than a crime.  That is called “disinformation”,  for those of us old enough to remember the original “Cold War”.  

 From Twenty-Five Ways To Suppress Truth: The Rules of Disinformation (Includes The 8 Traits of A Disinformationalist) by H. Michael Sweeney. These 25 rules are everywhere in media, from political debates, to television shows, to comments on a blog.

Of course, the best disinformation instructions are found in Mein Kampf.

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