Happy Independence Day!
I remember when the movie 1776 came out. It was in 1972 a few years before our bicentennial in 1976. Such a stirring story. You learn about the American Revolution in school. That is pretty dry material. The movie brought it to life. Here is my favorite clip from the movie.
This brought home the cost that the signers must have paid. What they did was pretty risky. They put their lives on the line to fight for American independence. I wonder how many people today would have that courage. I did research what happened to them. A couple of excerpts:
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.
Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
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I found this particularly heart-rending:
John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.
I am not sure that I have that courage and that kind of stamina. Would you?
And I just wanted to end with another clip from 1776.
Yours, Yours, Yours
You see some fictionalization in movies. How ever, I don’t think this is true about Abigail and John Adams. I actually have read books on Abigail Adams. Hey! I am a woman and I am proud of women like her! Theirs was a true love story. They saw each other as partners in their marriage. They were both intellectually the same. Smart! Both committed to each other and their family. I have pulled up an old program from NPR on their correspondence to each other. Listen to it if you get a chance!
Happy 4th of July!
Jim and Marcey Casey