Reflect on the past
Family fun and fireworks are part of Independence Day.We also need to reflect on the event leading up to our country's 232nd birthday.
Some very important steps related to our personal rights and freedoms took place at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pa.
The first Continental Congress met there in 1774. Taxation without representation was discussed. Delegates adopted an agreement not to trade with Great Britain or use British goods. By 1775, the Continental Congress met again, demanding that American colonists' right be recognized and respected.
After Paul Revere's famous ride in April 1775, it was determined that action had to be taken by all of the 13 colonies. Early in June 1776, representatives met again at Independence Hall. The Congress appointed Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, John Adams (1735-1826), Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), Roger Sherman (1728-1793) and Robert Livingston (1746-1813) to prepare a draft for the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson wrote the final text of it.
Congress debated its contents from June 28-July 4, 1776. Fifty-six members of the Continental Congress signed it. The original copy of it is displayed in the National Archives building in Washington D.C.
Helen Ruth Arnold,