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July 4th: Commemorating American Independence

Happy 4th of July! I hope you and your family have enjoyed this day, as has mine.

Lots of food, fun, and fireworks later, I gave some thought to the meaning of July 4th.

After independence was won from the British, the newly-found United States of America faced several pressing issues. There were some things America had going good, and some things that were not-so-good.

Good:
  1. An entire continent abounding in vegetation and far from European interference
  2. A youthful population of about 4 million, and half of it around 16 years old or younger
  3. Lots of opportunity for property ownership
  4. Commitment to the ideals of independence
  5. Nearly unanimous consensus that the first chief would be George Washington
Not-So-Good:
  1. A republican government on the scale of United States had never been established
  2. Governmental authority was stigmatized, frowned on, and could potentially be overthrown
  3. No common history or common experience as a nation, other than the war itself
  4. Exponential growth of the African slave population with no plan of abolition
Of course there were many other issues at hand in the revolutionary and post-revolutionary era.

The fact that there were brilliant minds ready to serve the new republic and solve these problems evokes even more gratitude for independence and life in a wonderful nation such as the United States of America.




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