On this beautiful Saturday morning, I found myself wondering how Independence Day was celebrated right after the Declaration of Independence was signed. Turns out, it wasn’t all that different from today. We just sell more stuff.
According to newspapers of the time, there were parades, firing of cannons, casual parties amongst friends and other things that would be very familiar to us today. One thing they did that we don’t generally do is have a public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Why not try it? I know the language is a bit cumbersome, in comparison with our modern speech patterns, but there’s a quality to it that expresses so very much. Read the list of complaints too – not just the opening words. The complaints referring to King George III, could sound like they could come out of a newspaper today, “He has refused his assent to the laws… Imposing taxes on us without consent… He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us…” and my personal favorite, “altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments…”
While yes, this document is well over 200 years old, tyranny knows no bounds. The more well educated we make ourselves, the less vulnerable we become.
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