Wednesday, 20 May 2020

meck dec day

Drafted by the patriotic, separatist county Committee on Safety on this day in 1775 and adopted by the same organisation at the end of the month, the Mecklenburg Resolves, whilst falling short of an actual declaration of independence from Great Britain by the colony of North Carolina, the list of grievances did reject the authority of crown and parliament, and were transmogrified over the decades and romanticised as a break with England that preceded the United States’ declaration by over a year.
Though no longer celebrated as a state holiday (regrettably North Carolina also selected this anniversary in 1861 to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy) and not brought to light until republication forty-four years after the fact much to the consternation and scepticism Declaration of Independence author Thomas Jefferson whom by dint of similarity of language and tone might have been accused of plagiarism or cribbing—in fact accused of doing so by John Adams, the date is referenced on both the state flag and seal (see also here and here) not without some enduring controversy regarding the authenticity of the claim and tarnish on the Founding Father. The second date April 12 th 1776 refers to the Halifax Resolves of a neighbouring county whose historic legitimacy are better attested