Other than natural disasters, most tragedies are created either by ourselves and/or by other human beings. To those of us who have seen the wrongs caused and perpetuated by one human being against another, there is nothing more powerful for our existence than the Declaration of Independence. Only those who were pushed to the edge could come up with such a compelling document. As Patrick Henry so aptly said in 1775, “Give me liberty or give me death.”
I’m surprised to learn that neither Patrick Henry’s nor George Washington’s signature appears on the Declaration of Independence. Who knew?
Benjamin Franklin’s signature is in the fourth column. Of the better known historical figures, he is the only one who signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.