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June 7, 2008

232 Years Ago Today

by Doug Mataconis

It was 232 years ago today, June 7, 1776, that the Second Continental Congress began debating a resolution submitted by Virginia’s own Richard Henry Lee:

Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.

That it is expedient forthwith to take the most effectual measures for forming foreign Alliances.

That a plan of confederation be prepared and transmitted to the respective Colonies for their consideration and approbation.

Debate began that day and the rest, as they say is history. On July 2nd, 1776, the resolution was approved by the twelve of the thirteen colonies, and, two days later, the Congress approved the text of the Declaration of Independence.

H/T: Jason Pye

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  1. They gave us a Republic, but we didn’t keep it.

    Comment by Peter Orvetti — June 8, 2008 @ 4:18 am

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