Thursday, August 13, 2009

When in the Course of Human Events

The American Revolution had a lot happen in it. A lot of prominent early U.S. figures came out of this time. I propose that we hit the highlights on this journey.

Thomas "Bring on the" Paine was a Colonist who wrote a pamphlet known as "Common Sense". It called for a complete break from England. He denounced the King and wanted to be able to elect their own government.

This seemed like a grand idea! More and more Colonists agreed and so it would be.

Enter July of 1776 and a man named Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson had the task of writing something to say "Hey England...we're done."

He toiled over the perfect name and finally realized exactly what he was writing.

It was a declaration of independence...and so it would be called....The Declaration of Independence!

Jefferson wrote and wrote. He listed complaints against the King, he said all men were created equal and were entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness [13].

It was signed on July 4, 1776 and sent to the King. Then they shot off fireworks and grilled out.

[13]And by men he meant white men, not black men, or Native American men. Women? Please, that’s ridiculous. So even though when the constitution was first written it didn’t mention anything about black people, but it didn’t stop Will Smith from starring in the movie, The Pursuit of Happiness.

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