(Note - It has never been easy to be an American, or maybe it's too easy. At any rate I thought you might be interested in what happened to some of those men who signed The Declaration of Independence). The following is taken from "The Liberator Online." An Eletter put out weekly by the Libertarian Party. (I am not a Libertarian but I do lean in their direction. A "fellow traveler" you might say {grin}).

June 27, 1998
Vol. 3, No. 13, Special Fourth of July Issue
Circulation: 9,972 in 59 countries

The Fourth of July: More than Fireworks and Cook-Outs

The Fourth of July is one of the most significant holidays in American history. It was on that day, in 1776, that the 13 American colonies declared their independence from Great Britain. Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence, one of the greatest documents in the long struggle of mankind for freedom from oppressive government. The Declaration contained these words that made it more than just another political document:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident:

The ideas in the Declaration were not new. Indeed, they had been expressed by British thinkers such as John Locke, and similar sentiments had been used in Britain to justify rebellion against King James II in 1688. But Jefferson's words struck a chord across America, and across the world; they still reverberate today.

Fifty-six American leaders in the Continental Congress stepped forward to sign the final document, at enormous personal risk.

Tragically, many Americans today have no idea of the great sacrifices that were made by the Founders to win their freedom.

The story below tells what happened to the men who signed the Declaration of Independence. The author's name, as far as I know, is lost.

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What Happened to the Signers?

What kind of men were they?

These were men of means and education, yet they signed the Declaration of Independence, knowing full well that the penalty could be death if they were captured.

In the face of the advancing British Army, the Continental Congress fled from Philadelphia to Baltimore on December 12, 1776.