244 years ago today, the Second Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence and announced to the world that the American colonies would separate from the global superpower of Great Britain. In signing this document (on August 2nd, actually), these 56 Founding Fathers risked their lives, livelihoods, and reputations by officially dedicating themselves to this revolutionary movement. These men, of course, were far from perfect and had many serious faults. Namely, despite dedicating themselves to the proposition “that all men are created equal,” about 41 of the signers claimed enslaved Black people as property. Yet today, we still honor the groundbreaking actions of these men
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