Skip to comments.Declaration of Independence 4 July 1776 (Scene from John Adams Mini Series via You Tube)
Posted on 07/04/2014 2:16:17 PM PDT by beaversmom
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Published on Jul 4, 2012 There is a back story to how an intrepid group of the some of the most extraordinary men to have ever lived created a document that both declared their independence and brilliantly summarized the rights of all mankind.
Scene is just over 14 minutes long...
I watch it every year.
Nice, I have not seen that.
The musical version is quite entertaining!
That is a great mini-series. I had to go out and buy it!
I did, too! Sometime ago, but I haven’t watched it yet on DVD. I watched it one night, several years ago, well into the morning...the whole thing on On Demand. :) I was spellbound.
If you have not seen this mini series, please do. Saw it on Amazon prime (ROKU). Absolutely impressed and wishing more of the same.
William Daniels (St. Elsewhere, Knight Rider), Ken Howard (White Shadow), Howard Da Silva, John Cullum (Northern Exposure), Howard Caine (Hogan's Heroes), Blythe Danner...
Watched it today. A wonderful production (even if historically inaccurate and a some places.)
“The Lee Resolution, also known as the resolution of independence, was an act of the Second Continental Congress declaring the United Colonies to be independent of the British Empire.
Richard Henry Lee of Virginia first proposed it on June 7, 1776, after receiving instructions from the Virginia Convention and its President, Edmund Pendleton (in fact Lee used, almost verbatim, the language from the instructions in his resolution).
Voting on the resolution was delayed for several weeks while support for independence was consolidated. On June 11, a Committee of Five was appointed to prepare a document to explain the reasons for independence.
The resolution was finally approved on July 2, 1776, and news of its adoption was published that evening in the Pennsylvania Evening Post and the next day in the Pennsylvania Gazette.
The text of the document formally announcing this action, the United States Declaration of Independence, was approved on July 4. It was the 4th, and not the 2nd, that would come to be celebrated as Independence Day for the new country.”
A funny thing about the book... McCullough intended to write a book about 1776 and independence, but because Adams was such a central figure in the independency movement, he changed the focus of the book to be a biography of Adams.
A year later, McCullough published a companion book, 1776, that contained the rest of his notes.
I just watched an excellent talk the other night by David McCullough if you (and others) are interested. I should post it as a separate thread, I guess. He not only talks about John Adams, but also writing, education, students, and teachers. I found it very interesting.
David McCullough on John Adams
Damn, screen got all blurry. I had the chance , just after 9/11 to participate in a production of “1776”. I had the great and awesome luck to portray Benjamin Franklin. I credit that performance as one of the great privileges of my life. All the primary actors took the time to read stories or biographies of the characters they portrayed. When it came time to do the voting on independence scene I believe none of us were “acting”, the emotions seen on stage were real and palpable. The scenes in this excerpts punched me in the gut in much the same way that playing Franklin did. Lord, I hope we’re not too late to save our country.
Thank you for the post. This is exactly the kind of thing that I would normally expect to see from patriot Americans on a day like today, and naturally also when I browse the postings at FreeRepublic.
Sadly, however, the tone of more postings have been one of gloom, doom, despair, and grim predictions about the demise of the freedoms upon which this nation was founded. And while we may all have those fears from time to time, today is not the day to be ruled by them. To me, that would be like fretting over the decline of the military on Memorial Day, or predicting the end of Christianity on Christmas.
So this is a call to all my fellow Freepers who may have succumbed to those fears today - please snap out if it, at least for today.
Lovely post. Thank you.
I concur. You wrote your plea convincingly and passionately.
Let’s honour those men by only showing love and appreciation for their sacrifices on this day. :)
Thank you so much, beaversmom. God blessed us with these brave and brilliant men.
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