On July 2, 1776 the second Continental Congress, sweltering away in Philadelphia, adopted the Lee Resolution, also known as the resolution of independence. It declared all the colonies to be independent of the British Empire and was first introduced by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia on June 7. It took weeks to drum up enough support for the measure to pass (we’ll get to that … Continue reading Liberty!

Justice For All

On July 1, 1870 (nearly 100 years after the founding of the country) the United States finally got an official Justice Department. Back in the days of yore, when America was just an infant discovering how awesome its hands and feet were and such, justice lay in the hands of the Attorney General, who was just a part-timer. The role grew along with the country, … Continue reading Justice For All