The Amazing Declaration of Independence: 5 Facts You May Not Know

Posted: July 3, 2016 in History, Things I Love

Yeah, I’m pretty proud of this meme.

The Declaration of Independence is an amazing document. It was, well, revolutionary for its time. Many of the things written were heretofore unheard of in human history. Think about these words:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Simple, no? It seems incredible now but these were stunning, earth-shattering, mind-blowing ideas at the time. All men are created equal? All men? What the hell? Remember, this was during the time of the class system in Europe, where you were born into a class of people and generally stayed in that class for your entire life. Oh, and there was that little issue of slavery that was popular at the time as well. Trust me, from King George all the way down through his upper classes, that’s something folks just didn’t want to hear. It was unacceptable, man.

And isn’t it amazing a right such as the pursuit of happiness had to be pointed out to these people? Self-evident indeed. Incidentally, I love that line – We hold these truths to be self-evident. I always felt like it was a slap in the face to the king. “It’s obvious, bro. What can’t you see it?”

Anyway, like I said, the Declaration of Independence was an incredible document that shocked the world. Did I mention that The British Empire was was most powerful nation in the world with the most powerful army at the time? People in countries everywhere were like, “Well, now. Let’s see if they can pull this one off.”  Yeah, George, Thomas, Ben and the boys had some major backbone and the balls of brass monkeys, folks.

Having said all that, being the history geek that I am I may know a few things regarding the Declaration you do not. Let’s give this a shot . . .

Did you know:

When news of the Declaration of Independence reached New York City, it started a riot.

By July 9, 1776, a copy of the Declaration of Independence had reached New York City. With hundreds of British naval ships occupying New York Harbor, revolutionary spirit and military tensions were running high. George Washington, commander of the Continental forces in New York at the time read the document aloud in front of City Hall. A wild crowd cheered the amazing and inspiring words, and later that day tore down a nearby statue of King George III. The statue was subsequently melted down and shaped into more than 42,000 musket balls for the Continental Army. Sweet justice, dude.

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