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What you DIDN'T know about July 4th, the Declaration of Independence, and the Founding Fathers


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Forget what you THINK you know about July 4th, the Declaration of Independence, and the founding fathers. A story of treason, war, and politics you will love!

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What you DIDN'T know about July 4th, the Declaration of Independence, and the Founding Fathers

  1. 1. What you DIDN'T know about July 4th, the Declaration of Independence, and the Founding Fathers BY KEN JENSEN
  2. 2. Fourth of July is A Great Holiday that Get's Misunderstood Forget 4th of July How You Know it, Independence Day, Text of the Declaration of Independence, and Definition of the Declaration of Independence.
  3. 3. Learn Exactly What You Need to Know about Independence Day I though about taking the day off from posting for the holiday, but in the end, I thought that maybe I should forget about the 4th of July fireworks and give the history and the truth about our Independence Day. I don't know of a public school that has taught it quite like this.
  4. 4. The Basics: Understanding Why the Fourth of July is Important The basic knowledge (I didn't say correct) of the 4th of July is that we declared the revolution against the British. We declared our independence on a piece of parchment and got some signatures. Everyone celebrated and the Liberty Bell got a crack from getting hit so hard.
  5. 5. The Men or The Signers of the Declaration of Independence were Felons! Our patriotic founding fathers that held strong against the King of Britain were not the stand-up guys that we claim that they are at least from a law standpoint. They were considered felon's by the prevailing law at that time. They were courageous, God-fearing, and fed up!
  6. 6. The Founding Fathers knew that Government was our Biggest Threat They hated government, made a document against the old one, and made a hand-written straight jacket (constitution) to run the new one, because they knew that, even though government is necessary to protect their rights, that same domestic state was the biggest threat to citizens liberties! They put in place for the people the rights necessary to protect their freedoms from federal infringement.
  7. 7. The War for Independence Was Declared, Why was the Revolutionary War Fought, When was the Revolutionary War • April of 1775 - Those "traitors" declared war against Great Britain. • 1776 - the colonies had to start cash incentives. • They even ended up drafting in 1778. • The war wasn't just an overwhelming amount of American's solidly against the British and that was that. An estimated 15- 20% of American Loyalists supported the crown, many of which fought on the side of red. Not only that, but Natives were also in the war.
  8. 8. Why is and How Did The Liberty Bell Crack, Where is The Liberty Bell Located • It is believed that the bell was intact through the war and was probably not rang on the 4th, but may have been rang with the rest of the city's other bells when the Declaration of Independence was read aloud.
  9. 9. Paul Revere wasn't a Solo Rider • Paul Revere wasn't a solo rider, but was part of a well thought out early warning system. The system was lantern based. Revere was caught off-guard, yet he did make it to Samuel Adams and John Hancock to warn them that they would probably be arrested with a fellow rider, William Dawes.
  10. 10. Author of and Who Signed The DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE (DOI) The basic knowledge that the DOI was signed on the 4th, is a little bit of another error in common historic teaching. The first draft of the DOI was written by Thomas Jefferson. Congress actually declared our independence on July 2nd, 1776. By this time the DOI was still a draft only signed by the Congressional Leader John Hancock, and Secretary of Congress, Charles Thompson. John Adams even wrote to his wife Abigail that he predicted that July 2nd would be a holiday. It was read aloud in the city on July 8th. The DOI was finally signed August 2, 1776 and was delivered to Great Britain that following November.
  11. 11. Why was July 4th Chosen for the Declaration of Independence? So why the 4th? That was when congress stopped hashing out the draft that was submitted on the 2nd. They all finally agreed to the wording. That is the date that was attached to the newest revision that was signed in August. And did you know it wasn't even recognized as a national holiday until 1870... almost a century later?
  12. 12. The Founding Fathers were Traitors, and That is Awesome All of these dates and such are just for accuracy, but the truth of the story is that a bunch of guys that were ticked off at a government that was consistently removing their rights as men. These men declared war against a tyrannical monarchy, and their independence from the same. They gave us, in writing, all of our rights that serve to protect us from tyranny.
  13. 13. You Can Be a Sentinel, You Can Stand Up for Your Rights • You can stand up for your rights and the rights of others, by being apathetic to the tyrant, and just do what you feel you need to do. Don’t be apathetic in a way to justify ignorance, be apathetic in a way that justifies your ability to do what is right for you and your family.
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