Although the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, the first public reading of the Declaration didn't take place until July 8. It was read aloud to those assembled at what is now known as Independence Square, in Philadelphia. (It wasn't signed by all the delegates until even later!)
The beginning of America's independence from Great Britain was not a moment of universal freedom for many in the country. Here's a poem that looks at independence from another point of view.
A Declaration, Not of Independence
by Ralph Salisbury
for my mother and father
Apparently I’m Mom’s immaculately-conceived
Irish-American son, because,
Social-Security time come,
my Cherokee dad could not prove he’d been born.
He could pay taxes, though,
financing troops, who’d conquered our land,
and could go to jail,
the time he had to shoot or die,
by a Caucasian attacker’s knife.
read the rest here.
Time to visit Katie at The Logonauts for today's Poetry Friday Round-Up.