History quote of the day: John Adams

Today’s history quote of the day is from John Adams and sums up his devotion to the American Revolution.

“I must study politics and war that my sons  may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.”  ~John AdamsSurrender of Lord Cornwallis

This painting by John Trumbull depicts the forces of British Major General Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis (1738-1805) (who was not himself present at the surrender), surrendering to French and American forces after the Siege of Yorktown (September 28 – October 19, 1781) during the American Revolutionary War. The United States government commissioned Trumbull to paint patriotic paintings, including this piece, for them in 1817, paying for the piece in 1820. From Wikipedia Commons. This painting is in the public domain.

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