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Fifty-three years before the Fourth of July was established as a national holiday by the United States Congress, Judge Ashur Ware expressed before a political gathering in Portland, Maine, that the holiday was "the only day marked in our callendar as a national festival, and this not by the authority of the government, but by the voluntary act of a free people..."
Ware states: "The minions of despotism, the pimps and parasites and panders of kings are always ready to decry liberty; and recent events in Europe have quickened the general feeling of hostility to every form of freedom into an unusual degree of rancor and malignity." Ware then goes on to argue the rationale for democracy.
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Fourth of July orations, American Democracy, Democratic ideals
Rhetoric and Composition | United States History
Ware, Ashure, "An Oration Delivered before the Republicans of Portland, July the Fourth 1817" (1817). Maine Bicentennial. 99.