Thursday, July 4, 2013

United States of America

“Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could.”

Born this day in 1776: The United States of America!

To read a transcript of the Declaration of Independence, go here. To read a transcript of the Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States, presented by the National Woman Suffrage Association on the nation’s centennial (July 4th, 1876), go here. Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Matilda Joslyn Gage crashed the centennial celebration at Independence Hall and presented the declaration to the acting vice-president.
“While the Nation is buoyant with patriotism, and all hearts are attuned to praise, it is with sorrow we come to strike the one discordant note, on this hundredth anniversary of our country’s birth.… The history of our country the past hundred years, has been a series of assumptions and usurpations of power over woman, in direct opposition to the principles of just government, acknowledged by the United States at its foundation.”
—Declaration of Rights of the Women of the United States by the National Woman Suffrage Association, July 4th, 1876

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