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Happy Independence Day USA!

FleetAdmiral_BamBam

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Report this Jul. 04 2013, 8:48 am

Today is the anniversary of the USA approving the Declaration of Independence.  If you haven't already done so, please take a few minutes and read it at http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html.  (Personally, I read the document every 4th of July.)


Here's a few tidbits that most people don't know:


- The colonists had tried to address their grievances with Great Britain for years, but things only got worse.


- We had already been at war for a little over a year.  The revolution was from April 1775 - September 1783)


- Independence was actually declared on 2 July 1776.  John Adams thought that 2 July would be celebrated yearly (instead of 4 July) as can be read in his letter to Abigail Adams, his wife.


- The actual signing of the Declaration didn't take place for a few weeks - most actually signed 2 August 1776, but some signed a few months later.


 


JoCat

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Report this Jul. 04 2013, 1:54 pm

Very Interesting reading. Thank you for sharing!!

starfan97

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Report this Jul. 06 2013, 3:25 pm

Cool facts!! 


I has no idea that it wasn't actually signed on the fourth.

miklamar

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Report this Jul. 09 2013, 10:33 am

In fact, once the former colonies achieved their independence, they experimented with states' rights under the Articles of Confederation.  It was only several years later, in order to develop a stronger federal government, that the Constitution was adopted and the current government began, with George Washington as the President.


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FleetAdmiral_BamBam

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Report this Jul. 09 2013, 12:33 pm

Quote: miklamar @ Jul. 09 2013, 10:33 am

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>In fact, once the former colonies achieved their independence, they experimented with states' rights under the Articles of Confederation.  It was only several years later, in order to develop a stronger federal government, that the Constitution was adopted and the current government began, with George Washington as the President.

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Correct.  The Articles of Conferation were written in 1777 and ratified in 1781 and that's what the USA lived under until a few years later.  The US Constitution was ratified on 17 Sept 1787.  Almost two years later on 14 April 1789 was George Washington's inauguration.  And in 1791 the Bill of Rights were ratified.


I would differ though in equating (which may not have been your intent) our current governement with what we had under President Washington.  Nowadays, we're much closer to King George III's reign than the Constitution.

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