According to the National Archives and Records Administration's website, "there is writing on the back of the original, signed Declaration of Independence. But it is not invisible, nor does it include a map, as the Disney feature film 'National Treasure' suggests. The writing on the back reads 'Original Declaration of Independence, dated 4th July 1776,' and it appears on the bottom of the document, upside down." It's speculated that the words were written on there as a label, being that it was rolled up and carried during the Revolutionary War. But no one knows for sure why or when it was written or by whom it was written.
12) There are five references to God in the Declaration of Independence.
In his article titled "Five References to God in the Declaration of Independence," Dr. Harold Pease, political science instructor at Taft College, wrote: "It always amazes me when otherwise intelligent people are unable to find evidence of God in our governing documents. The Declaration of Independence, the signing of which we commemorate July 4th, alone has five references to God -- two in the first paragraph, one in the middle, and two in the last."
As historian David Barton explained, we often are taught that the primary reason the Colonists revolted from British rule was taxes, but taxation is the 17th among 27 reasons given in the Declaration of Independence for the Colonies seceding from Great Britain.
For the 56 signers, it was their trust in God and commitment to one another -- not "no taxes" -- that served as the pillar of their rebellion and our republic. They wrote, "For the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor."
And I believe we ought to do likewise, as well as teach our posterity to do the same.
I wrote my New York Times best-seller "Black Belt Patriotism" to help educate and equip Americans who are not very familiar with our Founding Fathers' America. It not only gives a copy of the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution in the back of it but also details how our country would be better off in a host of ways if we turned back the clock to how our founders ran it.
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