I.F. Stone on the joy of losing
- Written by Abe DeJamminen
DOCUMENT: The Declaration of Independence
- Written by Henry Adams
On June 11, 1776, the Second Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, entrusted John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert R. Livingston, and Roger Sherman with the drafting of a resolution declaring independence. -- Jefferson wrote the first draft. This was revised by Adams, Franklin, and Jefferson, and sent to Congress, where the final draft was unanimously adopted on July 4, 1776, more fully justifying a resolution of independence that Congress had adopted on July 2. -- The Declaration of Independence has been called the most important of all American historical documents, yet its principles are so radical that it has no status in a court of law and advocacy of its fundamental doctrines can, since the passage of the Alien Registration Act of 1940 (the 'Smith Act' -- still on the books, though its application was restricted in scope by Supreme Court rulings in the 1950s and 1960s), get a person in serious trouble in the United States of America....
SONG: 'It Is One,' by Jackson Browne
- Written by Hank Berger
Jackson Browne wrote this anthem in 1996....