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!

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On June 26, 1917, nearly three years after hostilities commenced, U.S. troops joined the British and French soldiers fighting Germany on the Western Front in World War I. After fighting started in 1914, America chose to remain neutral, figuring the fighting was essentially Europe’s problem. The country did attempt to play peacemaker, although that didn’t go so well. After a German U-boat sank the Lusitania in … Continue reading Over There