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Category: Holidays / Topics: Government History Holidays July 4 (U.S. Independence Day)

Happy Fourth of July!

by Barbara Greenleaf

Posted: July 1, 2021

Celebrating our 245th birthday…

This year Americans will celebrate the 245th birthday of our independence. However, the ideals on which this nation was founded were not original with us; they harken back to ancient Athens. In the 6th century BC, that city-state permitted all landowners to speak at the legislative assembly, which was considered revolutionary in its day. Their legacy comes down to us in the very word democracy, which is based on the Greek words demos, common people, and kratos, strength.

Proudly, the United States is the only country that can claim a continuous democracy for more than 200 years. But democracy cannot endure without constant vigilance. Benjamin Franklin foresaw this when he was asked what form of government the Constitutional Convention had designed. His reply? “A republic, if you can keep it.”



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