Next Sunday is Independence Day.
July 4th is a huge and significant date in American history, but Independence Day is the official name of America’s most important holiday.
245 years later, America still has a huge national celebration with picnics, parades, festivities, and 16,000 fireworks displays (in a non COVID year) on July 4, but less and less Americans even know what Independence Day is about these days.
On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress declared America a free nation, no longer under the authority of the tyrannical and oppressive British Crown.
America’s founding document, The Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776, published as an earth-shattering statement, declaring America’s independence, and essentially establishing the ‘New World’, breaking away from the colonialist ‘Old World’.
One line in the Declaration, ‘All men are created equal’ (credited to Thomas Jefferson) is considered the greatest single one liner (non Biblical) in world history, and a line so powerful, it accelerated the movement to outlaw slavery in the Northern states. When America was founded in 1776, there was already a deeply calcified slave-holding aristocracy that had existed for over 150 years; inherited from the British Empire, and colonialist Europe.
Over thousands of years of world history, I’d argue the Declaration of Independence is easily on the top 10 list of major, well documented historical events, not just because it establishes America, and all this nation would become, but the beginning of the New World is monumental in so many ways.
World History 101
1. Asia and Africa
4. Age of Christianity
5. Italian Renaissance (Columbus discovers the Americas)
6. Age of Enlightenment in Europe
7. Declaration of Independence
8. Rise of America
9. The 20th Century
10. Age of Twitter
Soon I’ll write about why I included Twitter on the list of the 10 biggest world history events.
But for now, as we head into Independence Day weekend, more core DNA American history to come.