Six Takeaways from the Writing of The Declaration of Independence

Six Takeaways from the Writing of The Declaration of Independence FI Six Takeaways from the Writing of The Declaration of Independence

6. Best Work of Our Lives

When fighting began in the American Revolution, few believed it would lead to independence from Great Britain. And when the Committee of Five started work on their assignment, my guess is that they were thinking they were just outlining the reasons for independence to be listed on a broadsheet that could be read to the public, and not the great charter that it would become.

As a result, you’re hard pressed to find details about their writing process, or the day-to-day specifics of those few weeks in which The Declaration was being drafted. Some of what we know came later, when the founding fathers were asked about it. And the result is that they offered conflicting stories, or had fuzzy memories.

The point is that you may not know just when the project you are working on is going to be hailed for its greatness in later generations. So appreciate the moments and take pride in your work.

At Act-On, our mission is to help marketers do the best work of their lives. And, internally, we want to be able to deliver on that goal by doing the best work of our lives.

Perhaps by having that intent, we increase our chances of success. At the very least, the positive energy generated around here is pretty awesome.

John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail on July 3, the day after the Continental Congress approved the resolution of independence. He predicted the 2nd would be the date we’d celebrate thereafter. He was off by a couple of days. It was on July 4th, when the Declaration was adopted that would be considered our Independence Day.

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival,” Adams wrote. “It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

From everyone in our Act-On family, we want to wish you a Happy Independence Day. And for everyone outside the United States, Happy Monday!

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