Happy Independence Day to our American friends and colleagues from Fugitive Emissions Journal!
The United States of America commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which declared the original colonies to be free from British rule.
In the words of Founding Father John Adams, the holiday would be “the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance. … It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
On July 4, 1852, the black journalist and abolitionist Frederick Douglass decried the evils of slavery, still prevalent in the American South at that time, but identified forces “drawing encouragement from the Declaration of Independence, the great principles it contains, and the genius of American Institutions in operation” that “must inevitably work The downfall of slavery.”
Ninety years later, near the darkest moments of World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt reminded the nation that for the “weary, hungry, unequipped Army of the American Revolution … the Fourth of July was a tonic of hope and inspiration. So is it now…. The tough, grim men who fight for freedom in this dark hour take heart in its message — the assurance of the right to liberty under God — for all peoples and races and groups and nations, everywhere in the world.”
Details Courtesy of US Embassy.