Excerpt:Â Declaration of Independence was published by representatives of the Colonies who pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
However, the nation we celebrate began in earnest on May 25, 1787 with a quorum of representatives from seven states met in Philadelphia to draft a Constitution. They met in secret. They were all Christian. They were all white. They were the best and the brightest of their generation and, arguably, of many generations since. By September 17, 1787 all twelve of the delegations had approved the Constitution. Out of the 42 members present, 39 delegates signed it.