America’s founding generation took up arms to defeat tyranny so that you and I would not have to. At great personal sacrifice, they defeated the mighty British war machine and instituted a government wherein tyrannous leaders could be ousted peacefully--at the voting booth.

This is what the historian, Benjamin Hart, was referring to when he said, “The genius of the American system is that it has institutionalized revolution without bloodshed.” Indeed, every four years the American people have the option of peacefully overthrowing any government they deem tyrannous and unacceptable.

The next opportunity for a revolutionary change in the American government will come on November 8. If you are concerned about the direction in which the nation is headed, you can do something about it. Let your voice be heard. Make plans to vote November 8 and encourage every family member, friend, and neighbor to also vote.

Remember the words of Thomas Jefferson, who said, “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” In other words, where the light does not shine, darkness prevails. When “we the people” are silent, evil gains the upper hand.

I also encourage you to begin now to pray, along with thousands of others, for another Great Awakening to roll like a giant tsunami wave across our land. Sincere, fervent prayers, accompanied by corresponding actions on November 8, will result in a dramatic turnaround for this nation.

Yes, I encourage you to join the “populist uprising” that is taking place by letting your light shine into every dark corner of our land, remembering Isaiah 60:1-3 where God promised,

Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the LORD shall arise over you and His glory will be seen upon you. Gentiles will come to your light and kings to the brightness of your rising.

Dr. Eddie Hyatt is the founder of the "1726 Project'" and this article is derived from his books, 1726: The Year that Defined America and Pilgrims and Patriots (2nd Edition), available from Amazon and his website at http://eddiehyatt.com



A conversation between CNN host, Don Lemon, and British royalty expert, Hilary Fordwich, has gone viral after Fordwich turned the tables on Lemon’s question about royal reparations for slavery by pointing out that Great Britain fought to end slavery when it was still be practiced in Africa, the Middle East, and most of the world.

Her brilliant answer demonstrated that assigning social blame for slavery and other past sins is no simple task. Slavery has been practiced by many peoples and civilizations for all of recorded history. The unique characteristic of slavery in Great Britain and America was the moral outrage that arose against it and eventually led to its elimination.

Slavery Not Unique to America

Indeed, slavery had long been practiced in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and most of the world when it was introduced to America in the 17th century, where it encountered fierce opposition. The noted Black scholar, Dr. Thomas Sowell, has written of this, saying,

Slavery was just not an issue, not even among intellectuals, much less among political leaders, until the 18th century–and then it was an issue only in Western civilization. Among those who turned against slavery in the 18th century were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and other American leaders. You could research all of 18th century Africa or Asia or the Middle East without finding any comparable rejection of slavery there (Hyatt, Abolitionist Founding Fathers, 9).

This turn against slavery was the fruit of a powerful anti-slavery movement that emerged out of the Great Awakening that transformed Colonial America, beginning in 1726. After 1750, these Awakening evangelists not only called sinners to Christ, but also proclaimed the sinfulness and evil nature of slavery.

America’s Founders Turn Against Slavery

So powerful was this abolition movement that by 1770, America’s Founders, even those who owned slaves, had begun taking public stands against slavery. By the time of the writing of the Declaration of Independence, virtually every Founder agreed with John Adams who said,

Every measure of prudence ought to be assumed for the eventual total extirpation of slavery from the United States. I have throughout my whole life held the practice of slavery in abhorrence (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 101).

This turn against slavery was expressed in the founding documents they formulated, which contain no classifications based or race or skin color. Neither are the words “slave” and “slavery” anywhere to be found therein. Indeed, America’s founding generation understood the founding documents to be statements against slavery and abolitionists used them in their fight against that horrible institution.

The Founders believed that they had set the new nation on a course for the soon and complete elimination of slavery. They did not, however, anticipate the invention of the cotton gin nor that following generations would not follow through on the course they had laid out.

Those who have carefully studied history understand that slavery, Jim Crow, and racial segregation were not the vision of America’s founding fathers. Frederick Douglass, perhaps the greatest of the abolitionists, understood this.

Frederick Douglass Lauded America’s Founders

Douglas (1818–1895) lauded America’s founding documents in a July 4th speech in 1852. He referred to the U.S. Constitution as “a glorious liberty document” and praised the Declaration of Independence, saying,

The principles obtained in the Declaration of Independence are saving principles. Stand by those principles. Be true to them on all occasions, in all places, against all foes, whatever the cost.

He also spoke highly of America’s Founding Fathers, saying,

Fellow Citizens, I am not wanting in respect for the fathers of this republic. The signers of the Declaration of Independence were brave men. They were great men too—great enough to give fame to a great age. It does not often happen to a nation to raise, at one time, such a number of truly great men (Hyatt, Abolitionist FoundingFathers, 52).

We Need to Revisit Our Origins

The answer for class, political, and racial division in America today is not another government program or handout. There must be a return to the God of our founders, who turned to Him in their times of need. That is why there were at least 15 days of prayer and fasting proclaimed by the Continental Congress during the Revolutionary War. It is why one of the most iconic paintings of that war is of George Washington on his knees in prayer.

It is why, in the midst of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a day of humiliation, prayer, and fasting in which he called on the nation to repent for personal and national sins and cry out to God for mercy. After this day of repentance and prayer there was an immediate change in the direction of the war. It soon ended, the slaves, were free, and the Union was preserved.

God has not changed and if He can find a core, remnant people who will fulfill the conditions of II Chronicles 7:14, there is no question that He will visit this land with another Great Awakening that will probably outshine all those that have gone before.

This article is derived from books by Dr. Eddie Hyatt entitled, Abolitionist Founding Fathers and 1726: The Year that Defined America, available from Amazon and his website at http://eddiehyatt.com.



John Jay (1745-1829), America’s first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, gave some very direct advice about how to vote this November. That his advice will seem shocking to so many is only indicative of how far we have strayed, as a nation, from the mindset of America’s founding generation

Let Christian Morality Be Your Guide

Jay was a lawyer from New York, a member of the Continental Congress, and a passionate abolitionist. He was one of the authors of the Federalist Papers, along with Alexander Hamilton and James Madison.

Held in very high esteem by his generation, George Washington appointed him to be the nation’s first Chief Justice of the newly formed United States Supreme Court. He served in this capacity from 1789 to 1795. He then served as governor of New York from 1795 to 1801 and was able to push through a law outlawing slavery in that state.

Jay was a devout Christian who believed Christian morality to be the only basis for a peaceful and prosperous nation. He was very open about his faith and publicly declared,

Unto Him who is the author and giver of all good, I render sincere and humble thanks for His manifold and unmerited blessings, and especially for our redemption and salvation by His beloved Son. Blessed be His holy name!

Because the new nation was designed to be guided by “we the people” who would choose their leaders, Jay urged the people to be discreet in whom they chose. In 1812 he exhorted, 

Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers. National prosperity can neither be obtained nor preserved without the favor of Providence (Hyatt, America’s Revival Heritage 2nd Edition, 93).

One Party Has Rejected the Faith and Values of Our Founding Generation

In 2019 the Democrat National Committee (DNC), the governing body of the Democrat party, unanimously passed a resolution affirming atheism and declaring that neither Christianity nor any religion is necessary for morality and patriotism. Not a single Democrat leader—neither Pelosi, Schumer, or Biden--has expressed opposition, or even concern, about this resolution.

Their silence is deafening and is a cause for great concern. Their lack of a moral compass means nothing is off limits in their amoral world where abortion is just fine right up to the time of birth and they see no problem in encouraging girls to identify as boys and in allowing boys, who identify as girls, to compete in girls' sports and use the girls' bathrooms and locker rooms. 

John Jay obviously would not vote for a modern Democrat, and neither would any other Founding Father. This does not mean that Republicans are saints. Far from it! Many of them are just as bad, but at least their party has not officially rejected God and Christian morality.

Vote and Pray

As we go to the polls this November, let us remember the words, not only of John Jay, but also of George Washington who said, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.” Let us also recall the words of James Madison who said,

The belief in a God All Powerful, wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that DefinedAmerica, 111).

So, this November, let us cast our votes for those candidates whose values are most compatible with those of America's founding generation. Let us also pray for another Great Awakening to sweep across this land, restoring morality and common sense from sea to shining sea. After all, as documented in my books, America’s Revival Heritage and 1726, it was the First Great Awakening (1726-70) that shaped the thinking of America’s founding generation and enabled them to create the freest and most prosperous nation in human history.

This article was derived from the books America’s Revival Heritage 2nd Edition and 1726: The Year that Defined America by Dr. Eddie Hyatt and available from Amazon and his website at http://eddiehyatt.com. Eddie is the founder of the “1726 Project” and is passionate about educating this generation about how America was birthed out of a great spiritual awakening. 



On September 5, 1774, George Washington, Patrick Henry, John Adams, Samuel Adams, and 52 other delegates from all 13 American colonies, except Georgia, gathered for a very solemn meeting at Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia, PA. They met to discuss how to respond to the tyranny of King George who was continuing to impose oppressive taxes and regulations on the colonists without any input from them. With protests erupting, especially in New England, they now faced a new and more serious threat.

Deciding to put down the protests with force, George had sent 6 regiments of British soldiers who had locked down the city of Boston and closed its port. Concern had spread throughout the colonies and in Virginia Thomas Jefferson called for a day of fasting and prayer in which he asked for all the people to, "Invoke the Divine interposition to give the American people one heart and one mind to oppose all transgressions against American rights" (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 107). 

To one degree or another. the delegates had all been impacted by the Great Awakening. It is, therefore, not surprising that they decided to open their deliberations with prayer. Samuel Adams, a Puritan from New England, suggested they invite Rev. Jacob Duche, an Anglican minister of Philadelphia who was known as a man of deep piety and faith, to come and lead them in payer.

As the elderly, grey-haired Duche stood before the Congress, he began by reading the entire 35th Psalm, which powerfully impacted everyone present. It is a prayer of David for deliverance and begins with the words, Plead my cause O LORD with those who strive against me; fight against those who fight against me. The Psalm ends with praise for God’s deliverance.

After reading the Psalm, Duche began praying for the delegates and for the oppressed American states. His prayer was not politically correct for he prayed according Scripture and in the name of Jesus Christ, something many current public officials refuse to allow.

As Duche began praying, the Anglicans, such as George Washington and Patrick Henry, knelt according to their custom. The Puritans, according to their custom, sat with bowed heads and prayed. The Quakers, Presbyterians, and others prayed according to their own, unique customs.

But although their outward manners differed, there was a singleness of heart and purpose as they all united in prayer for God’s assistance and intervention for America. Duche lifted his voice in prayer, saying,

O Lord, our high and mighty Father, heavenly king of kings, and Lord of Lords, who dost from Thy throne behold all the dwellers of the earth, and reignest with power supreme over all kingdoms, empires, and governments. Look down in mercy we beseech thee on these our American states who have fled to Thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection, desiring to be henceforth dependent only on Thee. To Thee they have appealed for the righteousness of their cause; to Thee do they now look up for that countenance and support which Thou alone can give . . . Shower down upon them and the millions they represent, such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world and crown them with everlasting joy in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ Thy Son and our Savior. Amen (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 108).

This was America's founding prayer and it was recorded in the official proceedings of this First Continental Congress. John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, of the impact of the Bible reading and prayer on the delegates, saying,

Who can realize the emotions with which they turned imploringly to heaven for divine interposition and aid. It was enough to melt a heart of stone. I never saw a greater effect upon an audience. It seems as if heaven had ordained that Psalm to be read that day. I saw tears gush into the eyes of the old, grave pacific Quakers of Philadelphia. I must beg you to read that Psalm (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 108).

Rev. Duche was then invited to be the chaplain for the Congress and begin each session with Bible reading and prayer. He agreed and this first Congress became a place where God's word and prayer in the name of Jesus were valued and given priority. 

Sadly, these historical facts have been censored from the secularized modern versions of America’s history. It is, therefore, vital that we restore them to the American public mind for as Carl Sandburg said, "When a nation goes down or a society perishes, one condition may always be found; they forgot where they came from, they lost sight of what had brought them along."

This is a reminder of where we have come from and what has brought us along.

This article is derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt's book, 1726: The Year that Defined America, available from Amazon and his website at http://eddiehyatt.com.