This is a 23 slide, highly animated power point presentation on The Liberty Bell - Symbol of American Freedom. Each of the slides are editable, so you can modify those to meet your individual needs.
NOTE: This is one of 6 power point presentations on the Symbols of American Freedom. The other 5 include The Bald Eagle, The Statue of Liberty, The US Flag, The National Anthem and Uncle Sam.
The Liberty Bell is one of six symbols that is recognized by the Library of Congress as an official symbol of America.
The Liberty Bell is one of the world’s great icons of freedom, but that has not always been the case. Many Americans like to believe that the bell that became known as the Liberty Bell was first rung on July 4, 1776 from the tower of Independence Hall summoning the citizens of Philadelphia to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel John Nixon. That belief is simply not true!
To further the confusion, people have accepted a fictional story written by George Lippard in 1847 for The Saturday Currier which told of an elderly bellman waiting in the State House steeple for the word that Congress had declared Independence. The story states that privately he began to doubt Congress's resolve. Suddenly the bellman's grandson, who was eavesdropping on the doors of Congress, yelled to him, "Ring, Grandfather! Ring!"
This story so captured the imagination of people throughout the land that the Liberty Bell was forever associated with the Declaration of Independence. The truth is that the steeple was in bad condition and historians today highly doubt that the Bell actually rang in 1776.
The reason for the bell was that the PA Assembly ordered the Bell in 1751 to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the Charter of Privileges of 1701, PA's original Constitution written by William Penn. On November 1, 1751, a letter was sent to Robert Charles, the Colonial Agent of the Province of PA who was working in London, stating the desires of the Assembly to purchase a bell for the State House (now Independence Hall) steeple.
Its ordering, cracking and recasting began a saga of slow acceptances as to the Liberty Bell’s acceptance as the symbolic icon that it is today.
The presentation slides cover the following:
Why the Bell Was Created
The Bell is Ordered
The Bell is Delivered
The Bell is Cracked
The Bell is Un-useable
Recast Attempt #1
Recast Attempt #2
The “Replacement” Bell
History of the Bell
The Iconic Bell
On the Road (2)
Supporting WW I
The Symbolic Bell
The Bell Today
The Liberty Bell Center
End of Presentation
This is one of many power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading …..Symbols of America.