Today, July 4, 2016, is the 240th anniversary of America’s Declaration of Independence.
As the light of freedom dims in America, we should recall that first Fourth of July in 1776, when 56 men convened in a hot stuffy room in Philadelphia to deliberate on and sign the Declaration of Independence.
There are 3 parts to this post:
- An evocative narrative of that day in 1776
- The Declaration of Independence
- What happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration
It was a glorious morning. The sun was shining and the wind was from the southeast. Up especially early, a tall bony, redheaded young Virginian found time to buy a new thermometer, for which he paid three pounds, fifteen shillings. He also bought gloves for Martha, his wife, who was ill at home.
Thomas Jefferson arrived early at the statehouse. The temperature was 72.5 degrees and the horseflies weren’t nearly…
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