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The Founding Father You Don’t Know Who Wrote His Name on the Declaration of Independence With His Blood

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The Founding Father You Don’t Know Who Wrote His Name on the Declaration of Independence With His Blood

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April 14, 2023 3:00 am

On this episode of Our American Stories, little has been known of one of the most important figures in early American history, Dr. Joseph Warren, an architect of the colonial rebellion, and a man who would have led the country as Washington or Jefferson did had he not been martyred at Bunker Hill in 1775. Warren was involved in almost every major insurrectionary act in the Boston area for a decade, yet after his death, his life and legend faded. Here to tell the story is Jeffrey McKenna, author of Saving Dr. Warren... ”A True Patriot”.

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Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there. This is Lee Habib and this is Our American Stories, the show where America is the star and the American people. Little has been known about one of the most important figures in early American history, Dr. Joseph Warren, an architect of the colonial rebellion, yet after his death, his life and legend faded. Here to tell the story is Jeffrey McKenna, author of Saving Dr. Warren, a True Patriot.

Let's take a listen. Dr. Joseph Warren was involved so early in the struggle for our freedoms that at that point it was just the fact that these colonists had come over at great sacrifice to be here on the American continent and that they had come here specifically for freedoms, religious freedoms, and so Dr. Joseph Warren was adamant that those freedoms could not be encroached on and that they needed to be respected and that they just needed to be treated like English citizens and that was the big issue is that the crown was not treating them equal to English citizens and Dr. Warren was in the forefront of saying that's not what our forefathers came over here for and they sacrificed a lot to come over here and to build what we have and we cannot allow that to just be taken away and so that was why he was so adamant in getting in the early early stages of the American Revolution. There had been a major event that had taken place in the United States that would have affected everybody including Dr. Joseph Warren. He was a little young so he didn't actually engage in the fighting but it was the French and Indian war that took place and the crown, England, invested a lot of money in protecting the colonists during the French and Indian war and so the crown wanted to receive monies back and so they imposed taxes that the Americans were not used to paying and the Stamp Act was maybe the first act that really got everybody upset and excited because there was going to be a tax on anything that required a certain stamp and that was all legal documents and any kind of paperwork and Joseph Warren was involved with many of these early Americans particularly in Boston so you have Dr. Joseph Warren getting first associated with James Otis and Samuel Adams and John Hancock that you hear throughout history Joseph Warren gets involved in saying you know what wait a second why is the crown imposing these taxes on us when we don't have any representation in England. We need to be treated like English citizens and that became kind of the first time when Dr. Joseph Warren starts to get involved in politics is during the Stamp Act and the protest that Boston in particular was doing the city of Boston and then Sam Adams spotted his talent that talent that he had he was charismatic he was young the people liked him and he was very fiery and he could speak with a lot of passion and so Sam Adams recruits him and begins to bring him into the inner circle there in the late 1760s that's when you get Dr. Warren starting to take a place within that circle of patriots there in Boston where he's writing articles and of course most of the articles being published anonymously because they were treasonous so to speak when you're speaking against the crown and you know publish them under the the pseudonym a true patriot which I thought was such a cool term so Dr. Warren is getting involved slowly into this circle of patriots that are going to become the ones that are signing the Declaration of Independence that are leading the Boston Tea Party and he is going to become in many respects the leader of that revolutionary movement in Boston in the 1770s. So you have the taxes that those across all 13 colonies are paying but particularly in Boston you had individuals like Sam Adams, James Otis, John Hancock that were taking it particularly hard and they weren't going to allow it to happen without a protest and and that's why Boston becomes the hotbed and it's it's within this environment that Dr. Joseph Warren this young physician in his 20s is influenced by these amazing patriots these amazing men Sam Adams, James Otis, John Hancock and he becomes very involved he becomes involved with the the different taxes that have been imposed he becomes involved in the fact that we have the British regulars the soldiers that are actually staying and living in homes they're not particularly happy about being there and so they're not they're grumpy and they're not being very friendly to the citizens of Boston and the citizens in Boston aren't being very friendly to them especially after almost 18 months of having them in their streets to enforce these taxes and and so it becomes very heated I mean we are at a position now in Boston where anything could just explode and it does on March 5th 1770 you have nothing less but an explosion and it gets called the Boston Massacre now five people died I'm not certain that constitutes a massacre but March 5th 1770 the regulars the the British soldiers have been in Boston for almost 18 months there is an there is an altercation that takes place between a British soldier and an apprentice in the streets of Boston and in that altercation the apprentice gets hit pretty good upside the head leaves a pretty good welt and a pretty good mark well he talks to some of the dock workers and some of the other people there in Boston and they've had it that's the spark right there they get them at that point in front of those regulars and we should mention here too with respect to the Boston Massacre there's something that often gets left out there's that altercation that happens the day of but prior to that within two weeks prior to that you have the death of a 10 year old boy that boy's name was Christopher Sider Christopher Sider will die because a loyalist will fire a gun blindly out of his house at the patriots that are trying to confront him and we're going to call them patriots because you know they're the patriots are the Boston patriots but they were individuals that were rallying against the king and this particular man in Boston and his name now escapes me but he was running from them he was hiding in his home and they are outside his door and he fires and Christopher Sider will die because of that and you're listening to author Jeffrey McKenna more of Dr. Joseph Warren's story when we return here on Our American Stories. 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podcasts and we continue on our american stories with our story about founding father dr joseph warren our storyteller is jeffrey mckenna author of saving dr warren a true patriot we left off with 11 year old liberty boy christopher cider dying at the hands of a boston loyalist and local merchant engaged in non-importation agreements and trading in british goods here again is jeffrey mckenna dr joseph warren will be the physician that will take out 11 pellets from his body is part of the autopsy that has caused the folks in boston to just really be on edge now you have the altercation with the apprentice at that point those dock workers and those that consider themselves to be sons of liberty once they heard that they were in front of the english regulars there is one particular bostonian by the name of crispus addicts who will not back down he'll be in front of those uh regulars the entire time crispus addicts is an amazing individual because arguably his blood is some of the first blood that is spilled and crispus addicts was a former enslaved african-american and he is right in front of those regulars and when the word fire and to this day you know it's argued whether it was don't fire or fire but the word is is voiced the firing occurs and crispus addicts and four other citizens of boston will lay dead in the streets of boston and sam adams again not to let a moment like that disappear he makes sure that every year on march 5th there's going to be a boston massacre commemoration speech and that's held at the old south meeting house every year dr joseph warren will speak in 1772 dr warren will be the only one to speak twice in 1775 and that comes about because of the extreme danger i don't think you can emphasize that enough to say extreme danger if you think about march 1775 april 19th 1775 we are going to have lexington concord monotony we're going to have the beginning battles of the american revolution approximately 100 days before then you're going to have this commemoration speech and the british had said no you're not we put up with it for four years we're not putting up with it anymore and they were adamant that the man that thinks that they're going to get up and give that speech in the old south meeting house that man can plan on leaving the church with a noose around his neck because we're done and warren said i'll do it and they'll actually have him come up through the back of the church through the third story window to sneak in but the story goes that one of the lower officers was to come with an egg and when dr warren got to a point in the speech where it was just really hitting the climax he was to stand he was to throw the egg and that was the sign that he was to be apprehended the speech was to be over and that everybody was to clear out that officer walking to the church with the egg tripped and fell the egg broke hurt his leg never made it egg was never there speech was never stopped at one point another officer's like why are we not stopping this he jumps up in the middle of the speech and he starts to take musket balls dropping them in his hand basically telling dr warren that's it we're done dr joseph warren does not miss a beat in his speech he's wearing a full roman toga giving this speech and he will walk down and he will just put a white handkerchief of peace over the musket balls and then continue his speech without ever missing a syllable and the calmness and the way that he did it the british officers didn't apprehend him and he finished the speech in march of 1775 right before the battles that are going to take place that are going to be the shot heard around the world after the events of march 5th 1770 you have a relative calm but then again the british the the parliament and the king are like how can these americans get away with not paying you know more taxes and they decide this is how we're going to do this we're going to make it so easy on taxes we had that problem with the tax acts of the late 1760s that led to the boston massacre of 1770 we're going to be real gentle here with these americans we've got this problem in india we have this huge surplus of tea we're going to make it wonderful for the americans we're going to be able to provide this tea for them cheaper than they could get anywhere else we're going to impose just a small tax on the tea it'll be very small still much cheaper than they could get the tea any other place we are going to mandate however that the tea has to be sold by our tea commissioners those that we've selected because we've got some people that are doing a lot of good things in the colonies and and we want to make sure we reward them because that's just what you would do and we're going to impose that tea act and have that be the way that we'll be able to get some revenue from these colonies because the englers are just certain they won't have any problems with this because the tea will still be lower priced than the other etc etc etc well the problem was particularly for those in boston freedom you are taking the liberties away again you're imposing a tax where we had no say with respect to that tax james otis had been the one that had coined no taxation without representation and warren was right there dr joseph warren was right there in those inner circles is the young guy he's in his 20s when all of this is initially happening and that became the impasse that will eventually lead to the boston tea party and dr joseph warren paul revere are intimately involved in that planning in fact there was a little song that was penned afterwards among the the children and the folks there in boston and and specifically mentioning two people by name joseph warren and paul revere and they were there doing what needed to be done basically keeping the tea from coming into the markets there in boston and they took matters into their own hands and put it into the ocean which of course will eventually lead to just more hostilities the boston tea party will lead to what the americans are going to call the intolerable acts if you look at the bill of rights if you look at the first 10 amendments of the constitution you will see so many that are stemming from the intolerable acts meaning what british said was going to happen to boston and massachusetts the colony after the boston tea party they basically did not allow them to have meetings they did not allow to have any expression through the press they made the soldiers have to come in and live in their homes they made it intolerable and they truly did thinking the british were thinking that what the parliament and the king were thinking that to really scold the disobedient child that massachusetts colony that the other colonies would all take note and they would all want to tow the line and they would all want to get in line it did just the opposite it made the other 12 colonies say are you kidding they really think they can do that to massachusetts they can really do that to the harbors of boston they're going to close the harbors so no ships can come in and out as part of these intolerable acts and it unified the 13 colonies that's when they have the first continental congress where they get together to say if this is what the king thinks he can do we may need to do something about this and here's a part again dr joseph forn he's back where the suffering is occurring he's back in boston he's in sulfic county that's the county where boston is located and he pens he organizes the leaders to come together in sulfic county and they pen the sulfic resolves and the sulfic resolves are classic thomas jefferson will use those as a foundation he and john adams when they are penning the declaration of independence two years later and you're listening to jeffrey mckenna author of saving dr warren a true patriot and by the way you can get that at amazon.com or all the usual suspects wherever you buy your books and what a story you're hearing about a patriot you really never heard of and what we learn here is that after the stamp act came the boston tea party in which of course warren we just learned played a vital role along with paul revere and then well then come the intolerable acts and when you read the bill of rights there you'll see from everything from the freedom of association to no quartering of troops his searches and seizures and so on so much of the bill of rights finds its birth in what happened on the streets of boston when we come back more of the story of dr joseph warren and our nation's birth here on our american stories what is circle first of all it's a beautiful shape it's consistent a community it's meant to be inclusive the globe at circle we build usdc a digital dollar that's actually dollar backed one-to-one we're building a future where money will travel at the speed of the internet for fractions of a penny and no one will think about it because it will just be the way we work circle is the place where 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episode offers us a history of these two not so secret secret societies new episodes weekly listen to echoes of history assassins versus templars on iheart or wherever you get your podcasts and we continue with our american stories and the story of dr joseph warren at the urging of king george the third the british parliament enacted five laws in 1774 the british referred to the legislation collectively as the coercive acts or the restraining acts the american colonists they called those rules something different the intolerable acts in september of 1774 dr joseph foreign crafted a response to the coercive acts by drafting a series of resolutions known as the suffolk resolves thomas jefferson and john adams will use these as a foundation when they pen the declaration of independence just two years later let's continue with our story about founding father dr joseph foreign with our storyteller jeffrey mckenna author of saving dr warren a true patriot joseph warren will pen the sulfic resolves send them by paul revere his trusted courier to philadelphia and in the sulfic resolve for the first time it will say when you have a leader a king that imposes laws that are intolerable and inappropriate in every way you have the right to take arms and oppose those laws that was huge and in philadelphia they passed the sulfic resolve saying us 13 colonies will follow that and i always say this whenever i talk about dr joseph warren his friends all signed the declaration of independence his roommate elbridge jerry will sign it john hancock he was super great friends with will sign with the biggest signature john adams stand out of the columbus stand adams i will say dr warren signed the declaration of independence the year before on the hill outside of boston with his blood his friends all signed it with the pen he signed it with his blood on bunker hill in 1775 the leading patriots adams and hancock they're out they're not in boston so you only have warren warren is the one that's the closest to the sons of liberty those that are on the on the docks and in the streets and the sons of liberty love them paul revere is one of the leaders of the sons of liberty and paul revere and joseph warren are the best of friends paul revere will actually name his son joseph warren revere everybody knows springtime is the time if the british are going to do something they're going to do it they've got enough spies they've got enough going on that they're getting this information and yet dr joseph warren is going to make that call on april 18th he's going to call first william daws to his house and he's going to send william daws out of boston over the land so that he could warn the militias that the british would be marching to particularly warn sam adams and john hancock in lexington that the british would be marching to try to get to concord to protect the arms that we had in concord and so he sent william daws one way and he sends paul revere across the waterways and he brings paul revere to his house he gives them the instructions paul revere stops at the old north church to you know have the iconic lights dr warren informs them they're going to be going out by water and paul tells them have the two lanterns so they know across the bay that they're coming by water and then you know let's get people notified so there's been so much speculation how was joseph warren so sure of that decision and nobody knows for sure we do know something though margit gauge general gauge his wife was from new jersey she was an american and we have correspondence from her to her husband basically saying you know be mindful of my people referring to americans as her people we also know margaret gauge continued to use dr warren as her personal physician now that wouldn't seem that unusual except things were hot in boston dr warren was clearly a patriot in every sense of the word and if you were a loyalist you just had to stop using him as your doctor i mean all of his loyalist patients had stopped using him but not margaret gauge he had information now how he got that information and how he was so sure about that information remains a secret one thing we know that margaret gauge was very loyal to her people americans too she continued to use dr warren as her physician during this time when all of his other loyalist patients had stopped using him and three after the events of april 19th with lexington concord and monotony general gauge sends her to england to not be there anymore because at some point somewhere i think he knows that critical element of surprise was lost on april 18th and 19th when they show up in lexington green and they see those men there that is devastating they get to concord it's even worse because then you've got an organized group they actually turn back these just farmers and fathers turn back the greatest military establishment in the world on the planet at the old north bridge they make them retreat retreat and once they start retreating we are just on the road picking them off hiding in trees dodging them and they are just infuriating now i'm telling a little bit of this story of april 19th to get to something that i find fascinating dr joseph warren he's been largely forgotten the biggest battle of april 19th has been largely forgotten the battle where he fought the battle of monotony was bigger than lexington and concord combined part of our problem is that monotony gets forgotten because it had a really weird name and they changed it twice they at one point call it west cambridge another point now they're calling it arlington but monotony was where joseph warren was and he was in the thick of the battle and at one point a musket ball raises his wig and takes his hairpin out of his wig he's so intense and so involved in the fighting on that first day of fighting of the american revolution they get back to boston they have really taken a bad it's been a bad bad day and they're in boston and now you have these militias that are just coming and coming and coming from all of the different colonies but the million dollar question is who's governing them these aren't trained soldiers you are going to end up with 15 000 militia men outside of boston now that number may not seem that significant but when you realize there were only 15 000 residents in boston at its height before all of the turmoil it's as many people as ever lived in boston are now living in camps outside of boston and you have to feed them you have to control them so that they don't cause disturbances and and ruckus outside you have a terribly difficult task and you've got to keep the red coats in you're constantly monitoring what the british regulars might be doing who's doing all of that sam adams and john hancock are in the continental congress it's joseph warren joseph warren was voted the president of the provincial congress he was the chairman of the committee of safety he was the chairman of the committee of correspondence he's the one sending letters saying bring him here once they get here he's the one in charge of managing them because he's the chairman of the committee of safety which was actually the the civilian military leader and then he's also the president of the provincial congress so he's the one that's actually handling the the civic duties of the regular individuals that are you know saying we don't want to have be under the control of the the boston governor anymore so this is an amazing period from april 19th until what is going to become the largest battle in the american revolution many people don't recognize that bunker hill will have more casualties than any of the other battles in the american revolution and dr joseph warren is the one coordinating that and you're listening to a heck of a story about a true patriot and a name not known and not heard often when talking about the american revolution and that's dr joseph warren and what leadership we're hearing about and what courage that paul revere would name his son joseph warren revere when we come back more of the story of dr joseph warren here on our american stories what is circle first of all it's a beautiful shape it's consistent a community it's meant to be inclusive the globe at circle we build usdc a digital dollar that's actually dollar backed one-to-one we're building a future where money will travel at the speed of the internet for fractions of a penny and no one will think about it because it will just be the way we work circle is the place where crypto meets stability where local businesses meet global customers and the us dollar meets usdc visit circle.com podcast most tvs are smart nowadays but with busy home screens and remotes with too many or too few buttons smart shouldn't mean complicated that's why roku tv is the smart tv made easy the customizable home screen puts your inputs streaming favorites like iheart and free live tv all in one place from simple settings anyone can understand automatic updates with the latest features and much more roku tv is more than a smart tv it's a better tv learn more today at roku.com happy streaming inspired by ubisoft's famous video game series assassins creed the echoes of history podcast offers a deep and fascinating dive into history in this season's assassin versus templars these two organizations have a rich history that takes its root in the medieval era and the time of the crusades within the assassins creed universe hosted by dan snow and matt lewis from history hit each episode offers us a history of these two not so secret societies new episodes weekly listen to echoes of history assassins versus templars on iheart or wherever you get your podcasts and we return to our american stories and to jeffrey mckenna author of saving dr warren a true patriot we last left off at bunker hill the battle that will receive the most casualties during the entire american revolutionary war and founding father dr joseph warren is the one coordinating that battle for the american patriots here again is jeffrey mckenna we have farmers and fathers that have gathered and these are great great men and great wives to send their men and great families to send their brothers but these guys are here as volunteers and they're they're there to do something and they haven't really done anything they show up a little you know in april and maybe the beginning of may and they're hanging around and they're hanging around and now we're getting into june and they're still really nothing happening and they're saying to themselves if i don't get back to my farm and if i don't get to planting some crops my family's not going to be eating and dr warren has seen all of that and he and the committee of safety are saying we've got to do something and the committee of safety with joseph warren in charge make the decision we've got to build a fort close enough to boston that we could shoot cannons into boston we've got to make it so close that the british will engage us wow that's big you've got a bunch of farmers and fathers these aren't army engineers and they're going to build a fort in one night on a hill so close to boston that it's going to make the british come out and confront them this is to say it's both is such an understatement i mean to just the courage that these guys all had to have the british go to bed one night they go to bed on they go to bed on uh june 16th with no fort outside of boston they wake up in the morning of june 17th and there's a fort and they're like what is going on and the committee of safety is meeting and joseph warren says i'm going to be there tomorrow and they have an uproar in the committee they say you've got prescott you've got israel putnam you've got great colonels that are there generals don't go there you're going to be a commissioned general they just commissioned you in philadelphia he said the men are going to need to know that we believe in this enough to be there they take his roommate elbridge jerry who becomes famous for gerrymandering elbridge jerry will eventually be a vice president but elbridge jerry will sign the declaration of independence and he was joseph warren's roommate at harvard so he was super close and the committee of safety says you guard his room tonight you make sure in the morning he does not go to that hill outside of boston and so elbridge jerry literally is there with joseph warren joseph warren sleeps and sleeps and sleeps and elbridge jerry thinks he's good he's done he kind of goes to take a break warren wakes up puts on his fanciest clothes they didn't have uniforms so he puts on his fanciest silk shirt pants he's going to look the part of you know a distinguished leader he grabs the gun grabs the sword and he marches to breeds hill they end up building the fort on breeds hill uh supposed to have been bunker hill retail was a little bit closer that's it but it gets the name bunker hill but they build the fort there in one night and so the british just pour boat after boat after boat they send them from boston over that to the bay to uh to charleston and they're getting off and they're getting off and they're getting off and here you have these americans watching garrison after garrison coming and they're thinking whose idea was this all of a sudden joseph warren appears on the hill and basically announces to everybody on the hill i'm here and i'm here to fight with you and and prescott's ready to give command he's a colonel he knows that joseph warren is going to be a general he's surprised that joseph warren is there and he says command is yours and joseph warren makes a speech loud enough for everybody to hear no i have not received my commission yet i have come to fight with the greatest men on this continent and i will fight shoulder to shoulder with them in this our cause of freedom and liberty our cause of freedom and liberty and that makes bunker hill because the british march and march and march up that hill and you've got the iconic statement that greatest military phrase right don't fire till you see the lights of their eyes because we had limited ammunition if every bullet we shot hit one of those red coats but you know that we're pouring off of the boat we still wouldn't have enough bullets you know i mean we knew we were in trouble with respect to our and then the word fire and we just boom blast them and they retreat again the greatest military force on the planet retreats and they do it again a second time now they're having to crawl over their buddies that that are on the ground in their red coats and they get right up to the fort on the second wave and again we fire and they retreat a second time and on the third time we knew that we just didn't have ammunition there literally are accounts of rocks that were pulled out of the british soldiers because we fired rocks and so dr warren was involved to the end in an organized retreat and as he's doing that an officer leveled his firearm and fired and that takes the life of dr joseph warren joseph warren's death was tragic abigail adams when she reports to her beloved husband john we've got amazing correspondence between the two of them and john's in philadelphia and she writes her and john quincy adams he's a young boy i believe he was like nine years old he is on the hill watching the battle of bunker hill with his mom about nine about nine miles away they can see it over the bay they can see the smoke but she will write the letter to john adams about bunker hill and she will say of all of the terrible things the worst was the death of dr warren and how much we need him in the halls of congress on the fields of battle to help heal the wounded he is needed in so many ways and he's gone well it was a devastating loss for the americans but general gauge had had a devastating loss for the british and when he's looking at that devastating loss he's trying to find something here you know besides we just got this hill after losing all of these men and so he writes back when he learns that joseph warren died on that hill he writes back saying yeah we lost a lot of men yeah the the americans didn't lose as many but they lost dr warren and his death is worth 500 men why would somebody like dr joseph warren at age 34 having barely turned 34 four young children a beautiful wonderful fiance that would have loved to have raised the kids loved to have been his companion in this struggle for independence why did he sacrifice so much i mean he gives his life when he doesn't even know that we're going to be a country he signs the declaration of independence with his blood not with a pen a year before on the battlefields of bunker hill so why does he do that in modern history we have an amazing speech by president reagan in 1981 in his first inaugural address and he goes on to quote dr joseph warren's march 1775 speech saying these words in 1981 on the eve of our struggle for independence a man who might have been one of the greatest among the founding fathers dr joseph warren president of the massachusetts congress said to his fellow americans our country is in danger but not to be despaired of on you depend the fortunes of america you are to decide the important question which upon which rests the happiness and the liberty of millions yet unborn act worthy of yourselves and to end with one other quote from president reagan it is time i said to that we ask ourselves if we still know the freedoms that were intended for us by the founding fathers and if we will pass on to these young people the freedoms we the freedoms we knew in our youth because freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction it has to be fought for and defended by each generation this is the recurrent challenge the one from which we cannot shrink the memory of joseph warren does just that and a terrific job on the editing storytelling and production by our own greg hengler and what a terrific piece of storytelling by author jeffrey mckenna and he's the author of saving dr warren a true patriot again go to amazon or wherever you buy your books it's an important piece of american history and remember the table was set a good part of the country was with the loyalist a good part of the country was with the patriots a good part of the country was hiding under the kitchen table hoping everything would pass but it took men like warren to do the fighting to step into the breach and he paid the ultimate price and indeed he signed of course the precursor to the declaration of independence the suffolk resolve a year before jefferson penned and our founders signed well in the end the death warrants for those men and the freedom document for this country the story of dr joseph warren a true patriot here on our american stories most tvs are smart nowadays but with busy home screens and remotes with too many or too few buttons smart shouldn't mean complicated that's why roku tv 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