I remember being in grade school learning about the founding of our country. It was especially significant becasue I was in between 5th and 6th grade when we celebrated out bicentennial. I don’t know about my classmates, but for me it seemed that the revolution against King George and Great Britain was an easy decision that was completely agreed upon by everyone in the colonies, and filled with rallying cries for freedom. In reality as I learned later, the proceedings – especially the 2nd Continental Congress – were highly contentious and volatile. The average citizen considered themselves a Brit and had no beef with the way things were going. The movement started small, and due to the likes of John Adams, Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson – gained enough traction to become a reality, thus beginning a long, arduous war that eventually secured our freedom and began a country.
On this occasion, I like to share a video from the terrific mini-series, John Adams. I encourage you to watch this brief clip as we celebrate the people that thoughtfully and courageously started our country. LINK
Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans (and a belated Happy Canada Day #150 to my friends to the north!)
Quote of the Week:
”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.”
~ Thomas Jefferson
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