Jefferson and '76 - Remembering the Vision, Renewing the Spirit

On this day 243 years ago, news could travel no faster than a horse could run or a ship could sail. It had been that way always, and as far as anyone knew, it would always be so. Money meant coin in gold, silver, or copper, and though one could write out a "bank draft," and though a rudimentary stock market existed on the Exchange in London, where "speculators" could drive a market dizzily up and down and financial panics could ensue, most people were immune from such upheaval and subsisted on farms or through trades learned from father to son. Women could not vote and were severely constrained in traditional roles. A well-trained soldier needed long precious seconds to reload his single-sh

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