Thursday, July 3, 2014
The 4th Of July, Our Independence Day.
It was on the 7th day of June in the year 1776 that Richard Henry Lee proclaimed the famous words, "Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved." Powerful and important words.
Lee's words didn't just fly on to paper. Even during this time the United States took time to make sure decisions were agreed upon by the majority. When Lee's idea went to vote only seven out of the 13 colonies agreed. Five voted against Lee and New York abstained from the vote. This didn't satisfy the Colonies that longed for freedom. A committee of five famous men was appointed to draft a statement to present the world with the Colonies' desire for freedom. Thomas Jefferson physically drafted the document.
On July 1, 1776 the colonies reconvened and the idea of independence was voted in by 12 of the 13 colonies, with New York abstaining from voting again. Permanent drafting of the document began and was finished on the fourth day of July in the year of 1776. No opinions. This is fact.