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THOSE WHO DARED

This action and others call for counteraction by the public and select leaders who should recall the fate of many who dared sign the US Declaration of Independence.
This action and others call for counteraction by the public and select leaders who should recall the fate of many who dared sign the US Declaration of Independence.

According to bethlehempaonline.com, five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. Twenty-five were lawyers or jurists. 11 were merchants. nine were farmers or large plantation owners. One was a teacher, one a musician, and one a printer. "These were men of means and education, yet they signed the Declaration of Independence, knowing full well that the penalty could be death if they were captured." And they were mostly 20- to 40-year-old men. Are there any leaders like these in 2002 who can grapple with the insidious leadership of the country and the sickness that pervades American society?