The scandal of the Declaration

July 4, 1776, is not the date on which the colonies achieved their independence from Great Britain; that was September 3, 1783. It is not the date on which the war began; that was April 19, 1775. It is certainly not the date that we became the United States — that wouldn’t be until the adoption of the Constitution, which was created on September 17, 1787, was ratified by a sufficient number of states on June 21, 1788, and became effective on March 4, 1789. It wasn’t even the date on which the Continental Congress resolved unanimously to separate from Britain; that was two days earlier, on July 2, 1776.… Read More

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