Pat Thurston: Kenneth C. Davis talks Independence Day History
As the debate over which history we teach in American schools becomes more inflamed and many of the fundamental precepts of American democracy are under serious assault, it is more important than ever to understand what happened 246 years ago in Philadelphia.
Let me educate, inform, and refresh your audience on some of the basics of America’s birthday. Ask me—
•Why John Adams thought America would mark its birthday on July 2
•Whether the Declaration of Independence was adopted exactly as Jefferson wrote it
•What radically profound, new ideas were stated in this document
•How many people signed the Declaration and what became of the men— and they were all men— who pledged “our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor”
•How many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence enslaved people
•What George Washington thought about allowing Black men to serve in the Continental Army
•Which two presidents died on the same July 4th on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration
These and other basic questions about Independence and the American Revolution prove that history is more than dates and documents.
Book a live or taped interview and I can bust some myths, set the record straight, and explore Jefferson’s “self-evident Truths”— “that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”