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From the Blog: They Pledged Their Lives, Fortunes and Sacred Honor

Fri, 01 Jul 2016

The Founders of our nation pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to declare Independence from Great Britain and establish a republic in which all authority is derived from the people.

In doing so, they were aware, as John Adams wrote in 1776, “of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these states. Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory.”

In 1826, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “let the annual return of [Independence] day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and ...

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