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The Declaration of Independence

declaration of indepednceThe United States considers July 4th as it’s birthday because it was on this day in 1776 that the Continental Congress announced that our 13 colonies were independent from England.

The words were written in June of that year by Thomas Jefferson, and when we US citizens are paying attention, inform us and our government even today.

Every year National Public Radio has a series of reporters and others read the Declaration of Independence out loud. It’s a lovely thing to hear.

If you’d like to read along, you can do so here.

And to all us Americans, Happy 4th of July

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Image found at History.com where you’ll find even more information about U.S. history.

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  • Nice post, Anne. ๐Ÿ™‚

    John Locke should get most of the credit for the Declaration. He was long since gone when they came to writing it, but the words in it were based on his Treatise on Government written a few centuries before.

    We spent a nice day enjoying the country. We celebrated with birds living on a reserve in New Jersey, with a movie, with fireworks in town, with the top down in the convertible and the wind sailing through our hair. What a nice weekend!

    I hope you had a nice weekend, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anne

      John Locke rocks… present tense intentional ๐Ÿ˜‰

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