Ann M. Wolf shared:
On July 4th, 1776, the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, was signed by John Hancock and other members of the Continental Congress. All members were not present, however the date of the initial signing has always been celebrated as the day the United States declared independence from Great Britain. The copy that was signed this day was a hand-written document. The decision to declare independence was a long-fought process. Some attribute a statement made by Thomas Jefferson as the thing that swayed the congressional delegates of that day to finally formalize that the United States was declaring their status as an independent country.
The statement was: Believe me, dear Sir: there is not in the British empire a man who more cordially loves a union with Great Britain than I do. But, by the God that made me, I will cease to exist before I yield to a connection on such terms as the British Parliament propose; and in this, I think I speak the sentiments of America.
—Thomas Jefferson, November 29, 1775
Mr. Jefferson did truly speak the sentiments of the young country. And the rest, as they say, is history!
HAPPY JULY 4TH FROM ALL OF US AT “WE THE KIDS”
LET FREEDOM RING!!