Interesting. But what des it mean to "pledge [our] lives and fortune and sacred honor?" It was written after the war started in April 1775. Do you think that any of the revolutionaries cxpected the king to abdicate as James Ii did?

See my Teaching All Men are Created Equal."The Declaration was written partly to recruit troops. See my substack at historyideasandlessons.substack.com

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Jul 4Liked by Eli Merritt

Such an inspiring piece and reminder on this day. Democracy is a work in progress and these past recent years have shown us that we all must remain vigilant and stand for the values of equality, compassion, and working hard to make a better society.

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