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All this is not the result of accident. It has a philosophical cause. Without the Constitution and the Union we could not have attained the result. But even these are not the primary cause of our great prosperity. There is something in back of these, entwining itself more closely about the human heart. That something is the principle of “Liberty to all!” — the principle that clears the path for all — gives hope to all — and, by consequence, enterprise and industry to all.

The expression of that principle, in our Declaration of Independence, was most happy and fortunate. Without this, as well as with it, we could have declared our independence of Great Britain; but without it, we could not, I think, have secured our free government and consequent prosperity. No oppressed people will fight and endure, as our fathers did, without the promise of something better than a mere change of masters.

The assertion of that principle, at that time, was the word “fitly spoken” which has proved an “apple of gold” to us. The Union and the Constitution are the picture of silver subsequently framed around it. The picture was made, not to conceal or destroy the apple, but to adorn and preserve it. The picture was made for the apple, not the apple for the picture. Let us act that neither picture nor apple shall ever be blurred, or bruised, or broken. That we may so act, we must study and understand the points of danger.

—Abraham Lincoln, 1861


We, the team at Speakeasy Ideas, are proposing a unique social and educational civic experience next year and we are looking for corporate and individual sponsors, now, to make it happen.

Tragedy & Triumph: The Story of Slavery in the United States will happen one evening per month over the course of ten months, beginning in January and concluding in October, 2020. The location will be an iconic Denver venue for live performance events, the Soiled Dove, featuring state of the art sound and lighting plus a full bar and food menu.

Most important is the purpose for Tragedy & Triumph. The American Founding and the decades that followed represented the greatest anti-slavery movement in all of human history. The story of slavery in the United States is tragic precisely because a small band of revolutionaries dared to justify their own independence and freedom upon the simple idea that each and every human being, by nature, has a rightful claim to his own person and private property.

This idea, timeless and true, made the abolition of legalized slavery in the U.S. a moral imperative. Achieving that imperative, through an unprecedented Civil War, came at a terrible price paid in blood, sweat, and tears. For his role in the war effort, for becoming the tragic hero who placed slavery “in the course of ultimate extinction,” Abraham Lincoln was rewarded with a bullet blasted through his brain.

The triumph came in the form of the 13th Amendment, bringing the U.S. Constitution into alignment with the principles of the Declaration of Independence by abolishing legalized slavery and indentured servitude in the land of the free and the home of the brave. In the four score and seven years separating the Declaration of Independence from Lincoln’s famous speech at the Gettysburg cemetery, the Americans did more than any group of people had ever done to bring about a quick end to the old, ugly, and morally repugnant practice of human slavery.

Many Americans today, however, don’t know the beautifully tragic story of their own country. They don’t know the beautiful ideas upon which their country was founded. They don’t know the good that earlier generations of Americans did, without any prior examples from which to draw. Even worse, Americans today in positions of influence and learning, high in ivory towers, teach the next generation of citizens that the United States was founded upon lies by people who were irredeemably racist. They seem unaware—or unwoke—that the standard by which they judge racism as wrong is the very standard enshrined for the world to see in the United States Declaration of Independence.

Consider the 1619 Project, as but one example, launched recently by The New York Times. The purpose of the 1619 Project is to discredit everything connected to the American Founding, including the U.S. Constitution, as irredeemably racist while advocating for expanding the bureaucratic, unconstitutional regulatory-subsidy state that now presses upon the American people with suffocating force. It is a radical political agenda wrapped in the garb of intellectual sophistication. It is the same purpose one finds in virtually every American history and government textbook found in high schools, colleges, and universities across the United States.

Tragedy & Triumph, presented by Speakeasy Ideas, offers a remedy, in the form of truth, to the deceit being peddled by educators, journalists, pundits, and the political chattering class who look for any justification to increase their control over your life and property. It is a ten-month experience that will help Americans recollect what about their country is good and deserves to be protected and preserved. Tragedy & Triumph discussions will be led by Thomas L. Krannawitter, Ph.D., who has decades of experience researching and teaching about the problem of slavery in the United States and related subjects.


In order to make Tragedy & Triumph happen, we are looking for sponsors willing to commit now. Sponsors can be either businesses or individuals who want to partner with us in this noble and needed endeavor. (Charitable organizations and other groups, including schools, are invited to contact us about the availability of group discounts on memberships.)

Please keep in mind that business owners can write off sponsoring Tragedy & Triumph as a business expense for marketing and advertising purposes. For those of you who want to join us, become our partners, and help make Tragedy & Triumph happen in 2020, we offer three levels of sponsorships:


$5,000 plus

$2,500 plus

$1,000 plus

Businesses and individuals can become Tragedy & Triumph sponsors by clicking the button below.