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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Remembering the Adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776

When celebrating July 4, 2012, we must remember the millions of Americans who died for our country to maintain our freedom and rights afforded to us by the United States Constitution. In my opinion, the most importance sentence in American history is the following:

 

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.

The Declaration of Independence was a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776 that the thirteen American colonies were independent states and would no longer be part of the British empire.

The United States Constution was later adopted on July 17, 1787 as the Supreme law of the United States of America. The Bill of Rights, introduced to the 1st US Congress by James Madison, came into effect on December 15, 1791 as the first 10 Amendments to the United States Constitution. These laws guarantee Americans personal freedoms and limit the power of government in judicial proceedings. These laws, as contained in the Bill of Rights, are summarized as follows:


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