WHAT DO YOU KNOW?

WHAT DO YOU KNOW?
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

What do you know about the 4th of July?
Nothing whets the appetite for learning like curious little factoids entertaining.
Consider these facts about "The Declaration of Independence" and then do your own homework.
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The Colonists' desire for freedom slowly overshadowed loyalty to the Crown.
Laws and rules composed by the Crown stripped the Colonists of their freedom instead of procuring it for them.
For this reason, the Continental Congress selected five men to draft an official declaration of independence. Thomas Jefferson was the chief draftsman of the approved document famously known as "The Declaration of Independence" validated on July 4, 1776.
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+The men who drafted and signed "The Declaration of Independence" were guilty of committing treason and subject to execution.
56 signatures appear on the document.
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+Thomas Jefferson was an extrarordinary individual who wore many hats:
 Scientist. Inventor. Lawyer. Architect. Musician. Writer.
He studied Greek and Roman history and was an ardent "reading" student of John Locke who believed that people had a right to create their own ideals and choose their own government.
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+While Jefferson was concerned about slavery, he himself had slaves. In an early draft of writing Jefferson blamed King George on the problem of slavery but this particular "line" was withdrawn by the Continental Congresss from "The Declaration of Independence."
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+John Hancock was the acting President of the Continental Congress and the first to sign his name on "The Declaration of Independence". His signature appears as the largest signature on the document supporting his desire that King George be able to read his name without glasses.
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+"The Declaration of Independence" was penned with iron gall ink on parchment paper which made it easy to roll and carry from place to place.
Today, it's displayed in a bullet-proof case composed of a preserving argon gas.
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+"The Declaration of Independence" assigned all men with equality, yet neglected to apply it to all men ... hence more battles would be fought.
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"We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."
Read "The Declaration of Independence" ...
and appreciate the history behind your heritage.
Enjoy a Celebration of Freedom!
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