Land of the Free

Land of the Free

During this July 4th holiday, I hope that my fellow Tennesseans and our Attorney General Herbert Slatery take some time to reflect on its historical significance. Because they were unable to practice Protestantism (specifically Calvinism) in their homeland, 104 Brits risked their lives emigrating to Jamestown, Virginia in 1607 so they could get a fresh start. Only thirty-eight of them survived the winter. Every year, we simultaneously celebrate this country’s independence from England as well as our own pride in transforming from a nation of immigrants into a thriving country where we are free to pursue the American Dream.

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