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Are We There Yet Independence Shawl The Unveiling Of A Hidden Paradox Based on Independence Hall in American Memory University of Pennsylvania Press 2002 by Charlene Mires In 1776 the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence In 1787 delegates from the new nation drafted the US Constitution Both of these events took place within the walls of one of the most significant historic structures in the United States The building is known as Independence Hall which is located in the nations old capitol of Philadelphia Pennsylvania Many people do not realize the true significance of the building for they only remember the two major historic and ground-breaking events previously mentioned What some tourists and regular citizens alike do not realize is that there is in fact a hidden paradox that lies in the wonder that is Independence Hall It was not only a place to fight for change to achieve ideal America but at the same time it also served as a reminder of what and how good it is to be American in order to maintain stability and unity within the nation Independence Hall served as a podium for the people where Americans could celebrate challenge and redefine the founding ideals as the nation grew 15 Between the 1820s and 40s laborers marched in Independence Square striking for better wages or working conditions and even rioting at times When the union General Trades Union of the City and County of Philadelphia engaged in nations first general strike in 1835 laborers paraded to Independence Square to demand a ten-hour work day The next year after leaders of a dock workers strike were arrested by order of the mayor of Philadelphia workers gathered in Independence Square--the seat of city government--to demonstrate for the right to set the prices for their own labor The square served as a physical connection between nineteenth-century grievances and the nations founding ideals 84-85 In 1847 workers also
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