In the slow process of dismantling the history I was taught in high school, I have a few questions about the true meaning of the Declaration of Independence:
1.) Would it be correct to say that July 4 is not really the “birthdate of the nation” rather there was no nation or formal union to speak of but rather the 13 colonies simply declared their individual independence?
2.) I noticed the phrase “united States of America” (lower case “u”) was used twice in the document. In what sense was the word united meant? United in their declarations of independence, united in congress, united in some other sense, all of the above?
3.) Do you think it would be more appropriate to say that the birthdate of the country/nation/union (as we know it) would be the date on which the constitution was finally ratified?