Let Independence Ring!
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
July 2, 2019
Let Independence Ring!
This year marks the 243rd year since America declared independence from Great Britain, when the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776. While the Declaration preceded the end of the Revolutionary War, it also triggered a civil war between the Loyalists, who supported England, and those who were seeking freedom from the rule of monarchy and the heavy taxes levied on the colonies. Enjoy and celebrate the memorable and beautiful words of part of the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
The Emancipation Proclamation, signed into law on January 1, 1863, began the end of the legalization of slavery. However, it was not until the 15th Amendment to the Constitution was adopted in 1870 that blacks were given the right to vote. And it took the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to clear the legal barriers to black voters’ rights that continued, nearly 100 years later.
It was the 19th Amendment to the Constitution that was signed in 1919 (and ratified in 1920) that gave women the right to vote in federal and state elections. This followed a campaign for these rights that was waged during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries throughout the new nation.
Our great history continues as rights and protections have expanded to include gender, sexual orientation and immigration status. While we are enjoying family gatherings, parades and the fireworks that mark Independence Day celebrations, remember our history and those who have strived to lead our progress.
We offer a big CONGRATULATIONS to Homeowners across our great nation. What a blessing to be a homeowner. And we offer hope and confidence to those aspiring to be homeowners. We’re working hard to sustain that opportunity for you as well.
Have a fabulous Holiday – and Let Independence Ring!
Summer Maintenance Projects
Take advantage of the warm weather and get your home in great shape.
- Budget Dumpster, 15 Home Maintenance Tips to Spruce up Your Home This Summer, Article here.
- The Nest, The Ultimate Summer Home Maintenance Checklist. Article here.
- Fortune Builders, Your 7-Day Summer Home Maintenance Checklist. Article here.
AHA Member Rewards
It is a great time of year to shop for outdoor furniture and accessories, end of season apparel and travel deals. Look for the latest offers, discounts and in-store cash back offers at AHA Member Rewards.