The Drafting of a Radical Idea – The Declaration of Independence with Tara Rider
Monday, July 18th, 2022 - 7pm
When the “shot heard round the world” occurred in April of 1775, few colonists desired complete independence from Great Britain, and those who did were considered radical. However, over the course of the next year as Britain attempted to crush the colonists’ rebellion and the arguments of Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” were read by many, the cry for independence would grow. By the time the Declaration of Independence was signed in the summer of 1776, the Continental Congress would declare that independence was “necessary.” Together, we will explore how this 18th century document would become a significant landmark in the history of democracy, exerting influence not only over the United States, but globally.