What school child hasn’t heard or read/studied the history behind the Declaration of Independence? July 4, 2012 is the 236th anniversary of the day we declared out independence from Great Britain’s sovereignty, although we didn’t sign our Constitution for some years. I was just reading an account of the 56 men who were appointed to represent their states interests. They”… determined that the only logical course of action by which they could throw off the yoke of tyranny was to declare the independence and sovereignty of the individual colonies.”
And they did this by signing the Declaration of Independence July 4 1776. But what became of these men? We always hear of the Framers of the Constitution, but the people who wrote the Declaration? Several signers were branded by the British as traitors and were tortured before they died. Others were captured and jailed. Still others had their livelihoods ruined; many were wealthy and the British ruined their wealth and they died poor; yet many continued to serve, they so believed in liberty.
Many were men of means who signed the Declaration of Independence, knowing that they would face certain death if they were caught, Sometimes I wonder if the citizens of the America of today would have the strength of their convictions or would they fall short. This country has lived through some bad times, but I haven’t seen things as bad (maybe I just haven’t been ‘around’ as long), but I do see the signs of the same restlessness.
Americans have begun to wake up and realize that they have a duty to protest if there is something with which they disagree. They may not always be heard, but they protest what they see as an inequity. Although personally I see the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests as misplaced and energies misdirected, yet the the protestors PROTESTED. Peaceful protests were held by the The Tea Party members protested.
The signers of the Declaration of Independence suffered, they were hunted down by the British, tortured, lost their fortunes and their recognition remains somewhat paltry. Other than John Hancock (with his huge signature), Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, John Adams, josiah Bartlett, Cesar Rodney, and Thomas Jefferson, I remember little of the remaining signers.
An account of the events leading to the Declaration can be found in the mini-series, “1776.” Not a historian to speak ti its factual accuracy, I would highly recommend this mini-series. So, tomorrow when I gather with neighbors and family, it will be to honor the sacrifices mad by the signers, the people who supported them, their families. They suffered, many died, so that I could have the independence, the liberty I have now and would like to keep. Since then, the numbers of people who have fought, sacrified and died for our country increases. Noone likes to fight, no one wants war, but Americans love freedom. We honor these signers for the sacrifices they made!
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