In 1773, the 13 colonies located in North America, but still very much under British rule, revolted to additional taxation, believing they had already paid their fair share. So in Boston, they took the British Tea, in which they were expected to pay taxes on and destroyed it all, infuriating the Crown across the pond and setting off a spectacular chain of events, eventually leading to the American Revolutionary War. But in 1775, all of the colonies were still not convinced to join ranks into a single army in a fight for their independence. But at the Virginia convention, a man by the name of Patrick Henry stepped up to the podium and delivered a speech, that would lead to the birth of a nation.
Straight No Chaser singing ‘America the Beautiful’
It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter.
Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace – but there is no peace. The war is actually begun!
The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms!
Our brethren are already in the field!
Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have?
Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?
Forbid it, Almighty God!
I know not what course others may take;
but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
The high profile nature of the deaths and the broken cities that followed, allowed no time to weep or breathe or figure out a solution to prevent the chaos from happening again, or worse yet, evolving into something more deadly. Backward steps is what we felt, but perhaps, the string of recent occurrences, leading to lines drawn in archaic sand, were exposed cracks finally surfacing in places where progress had never been made, forcing ‘civil rights battles’, that had been crushed when they initially came. But on this day of celebration of the birth of a nation, one photograph tells the story of how far our country has come. For no one truly believed he could actually win…. until he won.