Two hundred thirty-six years ago today, the American Colonists officially declared their independence from Great Britain and so began the quest of the “american dream”.
Men, women, and children left all that they knew in Great Britain and else where to board wooden ships only to spend months crossing the rough, unpredictable ocean in extremely bad conditions. Still, once they landed in the new world, life was still uncertain. Many had little money or belongings yet they chose to deal with harsh reality than live as they did in Europe.
John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, John Hancock, George Washington, Sam Adams and so many others faced more than impossible odds when they declared their independence from Great Britain. Every one of these men was committing an act of treason… So yes they wore strange clothes and wigs, but they were also men facing criminal charges punishable by death.
As the years have passed since that declaration and the treason that faced the American colonists, the meaning and understanding of those times seems lost on most folks in their daily lives. As a country ages it is hard to keep the original memory alive of what those men (and women) went through and dedicated their lives to. They were simple people so to speak… farmers, writers, business owners, bakers, silversmiths, etc. but what they planned for the sake of “liberty” should be remembered in both its depth and scope.
Did You Know?
John Adams believed that July 2nd was the correct date on which to celebrate the birth of American independence, and would reportedly turn down invitations to appear at July 4th events in protest. Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826–the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.