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"A general dissolution
of the principles and manners
will more surely overthrow the liberties of America
than the whole force of the common enemy...
While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued;
but once they lose their virtue,
they will be ready to surrender their liberties
to the first external or internal invader...
If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people,
they will never be enslaved.
This will be their great security."

Samuel Adams
(1722-1803), was known as the "Father of the American Revolution."
The Writings of Samuel Adams, ed., Harry Alonzo Cushing (G. P. Putman's Sons, 1908), Vol. 4, p. 124.

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