Our Nation Was Not Founded in 1776
By Carole Hornsby Haynes July 2, 2023
On July 2, 1776 the Continental Congress voted to declare independence from the English Crown. A committee of five men was selected to write the ordinance of secession and on July 4, 1776 the Congress voted to approve the Declaration of Independence that merely established separation of the colonies from England. Already in May, Virginia had declared its independence and was in the process of creating its own Constitution. Maryland declared independence as well. The Declaration was not a revolutionary document. It did not establish new rights but simply re-affirmed the old rights that all Englishmen had under law. The fights of the colonials were already codified into English law.