Happy July 4th, Independence Day In the USA! | A Promise Made ~ 189 Years to Promise Kept

Monday, July 04, 2022 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments


The "promissory note" of independence, freedom, and equality for many in our nation TOOK A LONG TIME to come - 189 years:

July 4, 1776 - Declaration of Independence 
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

June 21, 1788 - U.S. Constitution Ratification
The Preamble: "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to OURSELVES AND OUR POSTERITY, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

July 5, 1852 - Frederick Douglass speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" - Slavery still part of the USA 64 years after Constitution Ratification (Douglass speech commentary)

September 22, 1862 - Emancipation Proclamation - 87 Years after 1776. 
Executive order to free the enslaved people of the USA. In force on January 1, 1893. 

June 19, 1865 - The first "Juneteenth" 
President Lincoln's General Order No. 3 reaches the furthest slave state, Texas. Delivered by Union Army general Gordon Granger (many slave holding states did not inform enslaved people of the order)

13th Amendment - Ratified on December 6, 1865. 
Officially Abolished slavery in the United States

14th Amendment - Ratified July 9, 1868. 
Extended liberties and rights granted by the Bill of Rights to formerly enslaved people. Persons born in the USA are citizens

July 2, 1964 - The Civil Rights Act of 1964. 
Outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin.

August 6, 1965 - The Voting Rights Act of 1965. 
Prohibits racial discrimination in voting. (voting rights presently being curtailed in some states by voting suppression laws)

189 YEARS AFTER Independence Day in 1776

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