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Article of Faith: The Declaration of Independence

This program requires registration

Monday, June 29, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

78 spaces available

Join Mark Albertson as we discuss the Declaration of Independence.

Article of Faith: The unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America, AKA The Declaration of Independence, was also a Declaration of War against the globe's ranking imperialist power, Great Britain. The American colonists are not even a nation yet, and they have issued their first declaration of war. Yet it was also an instrument of unity. Thirteen "independent' entities, with jealous regard for their local autonomy, traditions and developing way of life, coming together in common purpose for one expressed goal, to end fealty to an oppressive monarch. In so doing, they sowed the seeds of nationhood, for Jefferson's effort is a national birth certificate, one of much greater significance than any like document to be issued from a hospital, city hall or house of worship.

In other words, every American is obliged to observe the precepts contained therein. For in 1776, the Founders provided the future generations with their Revolutionary Right: But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them (that is, the People) under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

This event will take place on Zoom. All registrants will be emailed the link.

Need help registering? Email Krishna at kgrady@darienlibrary.org

About the Presenter

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute. In addition, Mark teaches history at Norwalk Community College. His courses include: World War I and Iraq: Creation of Colonialism; A History, Vietnam; A History, World War I; The Turning Points of World War II; The Great Patriotic War: The Titanic Clash Between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union; and American Empire: Grand Republic to Corporate State. In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his effort in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.

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