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Many modern historians and film-makers mock these men.

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.

Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't.

So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots.


It's not much to ask for the price they paid.

Remember: freedom is never free!

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Great article.

Recently (last six years), I have been re-educating myself

on the American Independence era.

It is an eye-opener.

Most of the problems we have now, they faced then.

The way they faced them was vastly different.

They studied and educated themselves on wide-ranging topics,

discussed them at length among themselves,

argued together, many times angrily and passionately from incredibly different viewpoints.

Ultimately and almost miraculously,

by being able to keep the goal of a real democracy as the most important outcome,

they were able to set aside enough of those differences to craft documents

that are the blueprint for an unparalleled way of life.

They knew they had to act quickly, firmly and responsibly.

They knew the circumstances - the possibility,

most likely would not come again.

They agonized over peoples inherent laziness and acceptance of the status-quo,

how easily the legislature could wind up becoming too aristocratic, develop unscrupulous motives

and ulitmately be harmful to the population as a whole.

They understood that for some heavenly reason they all had been brought together

with the possibility of creating a new kind of country

where all people could be given a voice in how the country progressed.

One of the most important topics in all the Founders' discussions

was how could they insure provisions were made

to provide for the education all citizens MUST have

in order to be able to access whether their government is working on their behalf.

I read of it time and time again.

Most of their biggest fears have all come to pass.

We are under-educated, spoiled, and unwilling to take responsibility

for the disaster that has befallen all of us.

We should not be whining that America has been stolen from us,

it's even sadder than that;

we gave it away.

We could get it back too... by remembering we are not really separate.

The majority of us are wonderful people.

We have been hypnotised into thinking we don't count for anything.

Exactly the opposite is the case;

we are America.

Happy Birthday amigo and

all the best,


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