Great things to see about liberty


* ATHOL. 559 Petersham Road. Where abolitionist and entrepreneur Lysander Spooner was born on January 19, 1808. Spooner wrote The Unconstitutionality of Slavery (1845) in this house.

* BOSTON. African Meeting House, Smith Court off Joy Street, Beacon Hill. William Lloyd Garrison's New England Anti-Slavery Society was established here in 1832. The African Meeting House is now part of the Museum of Afro-American History. For information, call (617) 742-5415.

* BOSTON. Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue. The collection includes classic portraits of America's Founders and paintings of the American Revolution. For information, call 267-9300.

* BOSTON. Fanueil Hall Marketplace, Merchants Row. Called the "Cradle of Liberty" because of all the revolutionary meetings held here before Independence was declared. For information, call (617) 523-1300.

* BOSTON. Ford Hall Forum, 271 Huntington Avenue. Where Ayn Rand delivered annual lectures for many years. For information, call (617) 373-5800.

* BOSTON. Forest Hills Cemetary, 95 Forest Hills Avenue. Lysander Spooner (1808-1887) was buried in Plot 563, Field of Ephron. For information, call (617) 524-0128.

* BOSTON. Granary Hill Burying Ground, Tremont Street at the opposite end of Bromfield Street. Where Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere and other Boston patriots were buried.

* BOSTON. Old North Church, 193 Salem Street at Hull Street. Two lanterns were hung in the steeple's highest window, signalling Paul Revere that the British soldiers were coming to attack minutemen in Lexington. For information, call (617) 523-6676.

* BOSTON. Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street. Where many revolutionary meetings took place -- including the meeting that resulted in the Boston Tea Party. For information, call (617) 482-6438.

* BOSTON. Park Street Church, 1 Park Street. Where William Lloyd Garrison delivered his first antislavery speech in 1829. For information, call (617) 523-3383.

* BOSTON. Paul Revere House, 19 North Square. Built in 1680, this is the oldest surviving house in downtown Boston. The silversmith left it when he went on his famed ride on April 18, 1775 to warn American patriots in Lexington that British soldiers were coming. For information, call (617) 523-2338.

* BOSTON. 109 Myrtle Street. The three-story rooming house on Beacon Hill where Lysander Spooner died May 14, 1887.

* BOSTON. Purchase Street, the older, southern end -- somewhere along here, Samuel Adams was born on September 16, 1722.

* CAMBRIDGE. Houghton Library, Harvard University. Papers of 20th century radical Oswald Garrison Villard. For information, call (617) 495 2441. At Harvard's Baker Library are papers of his grandfather, the abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison. For information, call (617) 495-6395.

* CONCORD. Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Road. Includes Paul Revere's signal lantern, Ralph Waldo Emerson's study and Henry David Thoreau's personal effects from his cottage at Walden Pond. For information, call (508) 369-9609.

* CONCORD. Minute Man National Historic Park, North Bridge Unit, Monument Street. Highlight is the Daniel Chester French sculpture. Visitor Center is at 174 Liberty Street. For information, call (508) 369-6993.

* CONCORD. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Bedford Street, northeast of the square. Where Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau are buried.

* CONCORD. Thoreau Lyceum, 156 Belknap Street. All kinds of material about Thoreau. For information, call (508) 369-5912.

* HAVERHILL. John Greenleaf Whittier Birthplace, 305 Whittier Road, I-495 to exit 52, then a mile east on Massachusetts 110. Homestead for the poet of the abolitionist movement. For information, call (508) 373-3979.

* MARBLEHEAD. Town Hall, Washington Road. Archibald Willard's centennial painting Spirit of '76 is on the wall. For information, call (617) 631-0528.

* QUINCY. The Adams National Historic Site, 135 Adams Street, off Furnace Brook Parkway. Site includes the birthplaces of John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams. For information, call (617) 773-1177.

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Wall Street Journal calls The Triumph of Liberty -
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Voices for liberty in the ancient world
The first yearnings to be free were expressed in Greek epics, tragedies and comedies

The man who helped finance the American Revolution
During desperate years, merchant Robert Morris came through with money and munitions so that George Washington could win

Ancient Roman contributions to private property rights
The Romans replaced tribal property with private property and worked out the details about how ownership should be proven and transferred.

How toleration developed in modern Europe and America
Courageous individuals defied the terrors of the Inquisition and denounced religious wars.

The story of Magna Carta
King John's wars and taxes stirred England's barons to protect their interests by rebelling against him, and they set an enormously important precedent for liberty which benefited everyone.

The best of H.L. Mencken, witty American defender of liberty
This prolific newspaperman and literary critic still entertains and enlightens us today.

How private enterprise created modern Japan
The government's railroads, shipping, silk-reeling and other ventures all lost money. Private entrepreneurs achieved wonders.

Runaway slaves!
Far from being contented and docile, American slaves dreamed of liberty, and thousands rebelled or ran away. Inspiring resistance to oppression.

The strange battle for the U.S. Bill of Rights
Those who initially wanted it ended up voting against it, and those who never wanted it made it happen

Why has liberty thrived in the West?
This is where enough people stuck out their necks for liberty.

"Honor is a harder master than the law"
At 58 and in ailing health, Sam Clemens (Mark Twain) was plunged $94,000 in debt by business failures. True to his word, he repaid everybody.

Liberty as a woman
Throughout history, liberty has been depicted as a woman on coins, in engravings, paintings, statues and more. Here are illustrations from ancient Rome, France and America.

Private initiative spurred vital discoveries throughout history
Language, geography, science and other essentials of civilization were diffused around the globe by private initiative.Political liberty impossible without economic liberty
The life and times of F.A. Hayek. The New Yorker called the twentieth century "the Hayek century."

Political liberty impossible without economic liberty
The life and times of F.A. Hayek. The New Yorker called the twentieth century "the Hayek century."

Thomas Jefferson in perspective
How can friends of liberty still defend him after the relentless attacks of historians and biographers during the last quarter century?

How markets nurtured our civilization
Many people seem to imagine that markets and commerce are only about money, yet they made civilization possible. They brought people into contact with new ideas and things. Civilization has flourished where commerce has flourished.

Most dramatic orator in the American antislavery movement
Although Wendell Phillips isn't as well known today as William Lloyd Garrison, the pioneering journalist for abolishing slavery, or Frederick Douglass who provided the most compelling testimony, Phillips was more effective than anyone else stirring crowds against slavery.

Socialism's greatest enemy
How this great Austrian economist recognized the fatal flaws of a government-run economy 7 decades before the collapse of the Soviet Union made it obvious to all that he was right.

They created the first modern agenda for liberty
Dubbed the "Levellers" by their adversaries, these mid-17th century English rebels championed private property, religious toleration, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, free trade, a rule of law, a separation of powers, a written constitution, and they opposed military conscription.

William S. Gilbert's wicked wit for liberty
Most quotable lines by the dramatist whose comic operas, created with composer Arthur Sullivan, are still going strong after more than a century (reportedly performed more than the work of any other songwriting team except the Beatles). Mark Twain and H.L. Mencken enjoyed Gilbert's barbs at bureaucrats and politicians.

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