Happy Fourth of July!
“We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, 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; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
The last paragraph from the Declaration of Independence (Hat tip: The Thomas Jefferson Hour episode 978)
“The eyes of all America are upon us, as we play our part posterity will bless or curse us.” ~ Henry Knox
Sourced from David McCullough’s book 1776, pg 136.
"We are in the the very midst of a revolution, the most complete, unexpected and remarkable of any in the history of nations." ~ John Adams
On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted to “dissolve the connection” with Great Britain.