American Minute with Bill Federer
"Sea to Shining Sea" - God in 50 State Constitutions
"O Beautiful, For Spacious Skies, For Amber Waves of Grain..."

Almost chosen as the National Anthem in 1926, "America the Beautiful" was written by Katherine Lee Bates, born AUGUST 12, 1859.



Daughter of a Congregational minister, Katherine Lee Bates taught high school, then English literature at Wellesley College.

She hosted gatherings at her home for students and literary guests, including Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg and William Butler Yeats.



Of her 1893 Colorado journey, Katherine Lee Bates wrote:

"Some of the other teachers and I decided to go on a trip to 14,000-foot Pikes Peak. We hired a prairie wagon.

Near the top we had to leave the wagon and go the rest of the way on mules.

I was very tired. But when I saw the view, I felt great joy. All the wonder of America seemed displayed there, with the sea-like expanse."



" America, the Beautiful" was quoted by President Lyndon Johnson in his first formal address before a joint session of Congress, Supreme Court Justices and the Cabinet, November 27, 1963:

"John Kennedy's death commands what his life conveyed-that America must move forward.

The time has come for Americans of all races and creeds and political beliefs to understand and to respect one another...

Let us here highly resolve that John Fitzgerald Kennedy did not live-or die-in vain...


...As we gather together to ask the Lord's blessings and give Him our thanks, let us unite in those familiar and cherished words:

'America, America,
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown they good
With brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.'"



Get the book, AMERICAN MINUTE-Notable Events of American Significance Remembered on the Date They Occurred

 " America. the Beautiful" was referred to by President Ronald Reagan in meeting South Korean President Chun Doo Hwan, November 14, 1983:




"At the worship service Sunday morning with our soldiers...less than a mile from one of the most tyrannical regimes on Earth...a choir of little girls...all orphans...closing the service, singing "America, the Beautiful" in our language, was a spiritual experience."



Katharine Lee Bates' poem was printed in The Congregationalist for Independence Day, July 4, 1895:

O Beautiful for Spacious Skies,
For Amber Waves of Grain,
For Purple Mountain Majesties
Above the Fruited Plain!


America! America!
God Shed His Grace on Thee
And Crowned Thy Good with Brotherhood
From Sea to Shining Sea!


O Beautiful for Pilgrims Feet,
Whose Stern Impassioned Stress
A Thoroughfare for Freedom Beat
Across the Wilderness!


America! America!
God Mend Thy Every Flaw,
Confirm Thy Soul in Self-Control
Thy Liberty in Law!


O Beautiful for Heros Proved
In Liberating Strife,
Who More Than Self Their Country Loved,
And Mercy More Than Life!


America! America!
May God Thy Gold Refine
Till All Success Be Nobleness
And Every Gain Divine!


O Beautiful for Patriots Dream
That Sees Beyond the Years
Thine Alabaster Cities Gleam
Undimmed by Human Tears!


America! America!
God Shed His Grace On Thee
And Crown Thy Good With Brotherhood
From Sea to Shining Sea!



"From Sea to Shining Sea," America's fifty states acknowledged God in their state constitutions at some time their history:




Alabama 1901, Preamble. We the people of the State of Alabama ... invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution ...



Alaska 1956, Preamble. We, the people of Alaska, grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land ...



Arizona 1911, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Arizona, grateful to Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution ...



Arkansas 1874, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Arkansas, grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of government ...



California
1879, Preamble. We, the People of the State of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom ...



Colorado
1876, Preamble. We, the people of Colorado, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of Universe ...



Connecticut
1818, Preamble. The People of Connecticut, acknowledging with gratitude the good Providence of God in permitting them to enjoy ...



Delaware
1897, Preamble. Through Divine Goodness all men have, by nature, the rights of worshipping and serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences ...



Florida
1885, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Florida, grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty ... establish this Constitution ...



Georgia
1777, Preamble. We, the people of Georgia, relying upon protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution ...



Hawaii
1959, Preamble. We, the people of Hawaii, Grateful for Divine Guidance ... establish this Constitution ...



Idaho
1889, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Idaho, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings ...



Illinois
1870, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Illinois, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors ...



Indiana
1851, Preamble. We, the People of the State of Indiana, grateful to Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to chose our form of government ...



Iowa
1857, Preamble. We, the People of the State of Iowa, grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of these blessings ... establish this Constitution ...



Kansas
1859, Preamble. We, the people of Kansas, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious privileges ... establish this Constitution ...



Kentucky
1891, Preamble. We, the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties ...



Louisiana
1921, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Louisiana, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties we enjoy ...



Maine
1820, Preamble. We the People of Maine ... acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity ... and imploring His aid and direction ...



Maryland
1776, Preamble. We, the people of the state of Maryland, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty ...



Massachusetts
1780, Preamble. We...the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe... in the course of His Providence, an opportunity ... and devoutly imploring His direction ...



Michigan
1908, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Michigan, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom ... establish this Constitution ...



Minnesota
, 1857, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings ...



Mississippi
1890, Preamble. We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking His blessing on our work ...



Missouri
1945, Preamble. We, the people of Missouri, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness ... establish this Constitution ...



Montana
1889, Preamble. We, the people of Montana, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty ... establish this Constitution ...



Nebraska
1875, Preamble. We, the people, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom ... establish this Constitution ...



Nevada
1864, Preamble. We the people of the State of Nevada, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom ... establish this Constitution ...



New Hampshire
1792, Part I. Art. I. Sec. V. Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience ...



New Jersey
1844, Preamble. We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors ...



New Mexico
1911, Preamble. We, the People of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty ...



New York
1846, Preamble. We, the people of the State of New York, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings ...



North Carolina
1868, Preamble. We the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for ... our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those ...



North Dakota
1889, Preamble. We, the people of North Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, do ordain...



Ohio
1852, Preamble. We the people of the state of Ohio, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and to promote our common ...



Oklahoma
1907, Preamble. Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessings of liberty ... establish this ...



Oregon
1857, Bill of Rights, Article I. Section 2. All men shall be secure in the Natural right, to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their consciences ...



Pennsylvania
1776, Preamble. We, the people of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance ...



Rhode Island
1842, Preamble. We the People of the State of Rhode Island ... grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing ...



South Carolina
, 1778, Preamble. We, the people of the State of South Carolina ... grateful to God for our liberties, do ordain and establish this Constitution ...



South Dakota
1889, Preamble. We, the people of South Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties ... establish this Constitution ...



Tennessee
1796, Art. XI.III. That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their conscience ...



Texas
1845, Preamble. We the People of the Republic of Texas, acknowledging, with gratitude, the grace and beneficence of God ...



Utah
1896, Preamble. Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, we ... establish this Constitution ...



Vermont
1777, Preamble. Whereas all government ought to ... enable the individuals who compose it to enjoy their natural rights, and other blessings which the Author of Existence has bestowed on man ...



Virginia
1776, Bill of Rights, XVI ... Religion, or the Duty which we owe our Creator ... can be directed only by Reason ... and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian Forbearance, Love and Charity towards each other ...



Washington
1889, Preamble. We the People of the State of Washington, grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution ...



West Virginia
1872, Preamble. Since through Divine Providence we enjoy the blessings of civil, political and religious liberty, we, the people of West Virginia ... reaffirm our faith in and constant reliance upon God ...



Wisconsin
1848, Preamble. We, the people of Wisconsin, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, domestic tranquility ...



Wyoming
1890, Preamble. We, the people of the State of Wyoming, grateful to God for our civil, political, and religious liberties ... establish this Constitution ...

After reviewing acknowledgments of God from all 50 state constitutions, one is faced with the prospect that maybe, just maybe, the ACLU and the out-of-control federal courts are wrong.


Search AMERICAN MINUTE archives
    
Watch past FAITH IN HISTORY episodes for FREE

America's God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations

Bill Federer www.AmericanMinute.com
News from AmericanMinute.com
Invite Bill Federer to speak:
wjfederer@gmail.com 314-502-8924
Today's Featured Sites:
   
   

Daily Reading at: http://www.biblegateway.com/reading-plans/old-new-testament/today?version=NKJV 
American Minute is a registered trademark. Permission granted to forward, reprint or duplicate with acknowledgement to www.AmericanMinute.com 

 
Like us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter