July 02, 2003 08:55am
Have a Great 4th of July - VideoTeam
by: Company Press Release
On June 28, 1776, the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, was presented to the representatives of the 13 American Colonies; it was ratified on the evening of July 4.
Ironically, Jefferson, a slaveholder himself, included a condemnation of slave importation in the first draft. Georgia and South Carolina objected and the provision was stricken.
Grievances against the ruling monarchy of England constituted most of the document, yet a handful of simple, yet brilliant introductory words became the most famous:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Our offices will be closed on Friday, July 4, in observance and celebration of Independence Day. As always, we are e-mail accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and will be available for any serious issues that may arise. Administrative concerns will be addressed upon staff return on Monday, July 7.
We wish you and yours a wonderful and safe holiday weekend and thank you for your continued support!
The VideoTeam Staff