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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.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Road to Freedom

This Day in History: June 11, 1776

Thomas Jefferson's 'Notes'
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America's celebration of independence is less than a month away. As we journey back to an era over two centuries ago, we find a nation troubled by military and political uncertainties. Within desires of freedom from British tyranny, many of the remaining 'moderates' were hoping for reconciliation with Britain. They, however, found themselves in the minority. 

The quest for independence was full speed ahead with Thomas Jefferson's prowess with the pen at the helm.

On June 11, 1776, the Continental Congress appointed two New England men, John Adams of Massachusetts and Roger Sherman of Connecticut; two men from the Middle Colonies, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Robert R. Livingston of New York; and one southerner Thomas Jefferson of Virginia to draft a declaration of independence. From the Committee of Five, Thomas Jefferson was delegated to undertake the task of drafting the document. The arduous nature of the preliminary version (draft) of the Declaration of Independence is evident upon viewing the original document riddled with corrections and changes.

The journey toward declaring freedom had begun...
When, in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the Causes which impel them to the Separation.

We hold these Truths to be self-evident that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness...
The Committee of Five

From your history studies, how many can you identify?

Millions of Americans cannot tell you who lived at Mount Vernon or who wrote the Declaration of Independence - let alone the Emancipation Proclamation. But they know that to be 'a Benedict Arnold' is to be a traitor of the deepest dye - someone who coldly betrays not only a sacred cause but every moral scruple along the way.
~Arthur L. Herman 
Tens of thousands of brave Americans died to break the chains of British tyranny so that the principles of our Declaration of Independence could take fold and flourish in the birth of a new nation.