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And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
- Declaration of Independence
The 56 Americans who signed The Declaration of Independence gave themselves to the cause of freedom with a keen awareness of the consequences of their decisions and actions. They were not men who had nothing to lose. They were not losers or freaks. 24 were outstanding attorneys. Nine were wealthy plantation owners. The other 23 were all men of distinction.
They had everything to lose for the sake of freedom: their life and their dreams, their families, friends, homes, business and careers, station and properties.
At the signing of the Declaration, they pledged their lives, their fortune and their sacred honor. Some would give everything they had – including their lives. Read the rest of this entry »