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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

This Day in History Toward Independence

Food for Thought:
America fought for freedom!
It did not JUST HAPPEN overnight!

America the Beautiful

With Independence Day close at hand, the focus of Awakenings will be a series of events leading up to America's fight for freedom ultimately being won. At its center are the social, political, and intellectual transformations collectively referred to as the American Enlightenment (1715-1789). It was within this time of political and social unrest [the American Revolutionary War (1775 - 1783)] that "so many of the threads in our national history run back through time to come together in one place, in one time, and in one document: The Declaration of Independence."

Virginia House of Burgesses,
Representing Virginia at the Continental Congress
This Day in History

The clearest call for independence up to the summer of 1776 came in Philadelphia on June 7. In the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall), the Continental Congress heard Richard Henry Lee of Virginia read his resolution beginning: 

Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.

Think about it:
Were it not for Our Founding Fathers, we would be subjects of the British today, instead of celebrating America's freedom!
Which would you prefer?