Jul. 4th, 2010

deltamiss: (Long May It Wave...)
Happy Independence Day!

Sometimes words we hear repeated time and again lose their impact, and we forget the courage it took for fifty-six 'subjects' of the British realm to sign their names on a document that would sever all ties to their motherland.

Nine signers were born in the United Kingdom - three from England, three from Ireland, two from Scotland, and one from Wales. Twenty-four were lawyers; four were merchants; and nine were farmers; two were future presidents. Their names were withheld from the public for six months to protect them from retribution. Benjamin Franklin was the oldest signer (70) and Edward Rutledge the youngest (26). Six signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. And as much as we like to think Thomas Jefferson's brilliant words were accepted immediately, it took the 2nd Continental Congress three days to hammer out the exact wording.

If you've never read the entire document, you really should. It is an amazing and unprecedented document. I find it interesting that the document refers repeatedly to King George, never Parliament.

When in the course of human events... )

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