Though Congress had voted in favor of actually declaring independence from Great Britain on July 2nd, Thomas Jefferson was selected to draft the document and after 2 days of writing and editing, the text was ratified on July 4th. This was not a trivial act – it was an act of treason. Were the revolution to fail, it would mean a death sentence.
Listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence here.
Reflect for a moment today on what we have to be grateful for, because some men a few hundred years ago had the courage to draft and sign a document.
Cross posted at Men Out of Work Blog