A Formula for Freedom

Signing of Declaration of Independence

The adoption of the Declaration of Independence occurred on July 4, 1776, but wasn't signed until August 2, 1776.


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A revolution was not what they wanted. The colonists petitioned the King of England and pleaded with him to acknowledge their rights as British citizens. But, in the eyes of the King and his court, the Americans were second-class subjects. War was the final option. But before there could be war, there had to be a plan…

Formula for Freedom

The Declaration of Independence was only the beginning for this rebellious band of men and women. But they hit on a formula for freedom they discovered in ancient writings. The genealogy of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution may surprise you:

“The thinking of Polybius, Cicero, Thomas Hooker, Sir Edward Coke, Baron Charles de Montesquieu, Sir William Blackstone, John Locke, and Adam Smith salt-and-peppered their writings and their conversations. They were also careful students of the Bible.”

As a result of their studies, they recognized that people long for three things: freedom, prosperity, and peace. It is upon these three longings that the liberties we enjoy today are built upon. It has been two centuries since the founders began their mutinous cause, and today we still enjoy the fruits of their labors.

Here is your call to action:

This Independence Day, gather your friends and family and read the Declaration of Independence.

Contributed by Angelica Mecham