The Second of July?
Our weather is just fabulous. When you walk outside and find temperatures in the upper 50’s and low 60’s in July, its hard to fathom how anyone can think the Louisville is in the South. Try Jackson, MS…that’s the South. But, you don’t want to go now. Stick around through the Fourth of July…the weather here will be great. A little hot and a little humid and maybe an errant t’storm but that’s far better than whatever they ‘ll have in Jackson.
On This Date in History: Speaking of the Fourth…..Its not really the day that we declared independence. Nope. It was really July 2, 1776. Richard Henry Lee had proposed a resolution for Independence in June but it was apparent there were not sufficient votes to pass it. So, they held off until July 2, 1776 when almost everyone voted in favor of independence. The delegation from New York abstained. They claimed that they were not sure what their constituents wanted them to do so they did nothing. I wonder though if this is not a case of fence sitting. They had to have known there were the votes for passage so, by abstaining, if the revolution failed, then they could always tell the crown that they never voted for it and maybe save their skins. It’s called covering your backside, among other things. But, Congress didn’t allow the New Yorkers off that easy as they very shrewdly appointed Robert Livingston, a delegate from New York, along with John Adams, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Roger Sherman of Connecticut to draft a formal declaration. That formal declaration was completed and adopted on July 4, 1776. Its rather interesting that we celebrate the fourth and not the second given that John Adams wrote that the second of July would be the most celebrated day in all of American history. On the one hand I’m glad Adams was wrong because “The Fourth of July” has a better ring than “The Second of July”. On the other hand, perhaps if it had been celebrated on the day of the actual vote instead of when they got the paperwork done, then people would remember it more commonly as “Independence Day”.
Others Gaining Independence on this Date:
Amelia Earhardt gained independence from the rest of the world when her plane disappeared on this date in 1937.
President James Garfield began his trek for independence from this earth when he was felled from an assassins bullet on this date in 1881. He was shot while standing in a train station, but he didn’t gain full independence for another 6 months.
In 1809, Shawnee Chief Tecumseh began his quest for the Indian nations to re-establish their independence from the white settlers. Tecumseh observed how much the native culture had changed and become dependent on the white economy and trade. So, he encouraged going back to the old ways and resistance to European influence. Of course he failed and his fears came true. He gained ultimate independence in 1813 fighting for the British in the War of 1812 when he was killed, but not before he put his curse on the white man. That curse, it is said, caused the death of every president elected to office in a year ending in zero with the first being the man who led the troops against Tecumseh in his final battle, William Henry Harrison. The curse held true until Ronald Reagan overcame the curse of Tecumseh.
Don’t Get Too Independent
A couple in South Carolina made international headlines in June when they took their freedom to new heights. Be careful that you don’t get too free.