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Pat Shingleton: "Thunder and a Thunderous Speech"

9 months ago Monday, June 30, 2014 3:49:16 PM CDT June 30, 2014 Monday, June 30 2014 Jun 30, 2014 in Pat Shingleton Column

On July 1, 1776, debate was underway in Philadelphia concerning whether the 13 American colonies should declare their independence from Great Britain. As noted in a previous column, John Dickinson appealed for loyalty to Britain. When John Adams began his oration a summertime thunderstorm erupted. He delivered a powerful speech in the midst of lightning and rolling thunder. At Independence Hall, candles were lit for the Continental Congress as Adams continued his passionate address; louder than the weather outside. The following day the momentous vote was taken during another thunderstorm. Two days later, a frontal passage ushered in cool air for Philadelphia and for the signing of the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July.

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