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The Declaration of Independence (1938)

Approved | | Short, Drama, History | 26 November 1938 (USA)

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This historical featurette focuses on Caesar Rodney of Delaware, who cast the deciding vote so that the Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776.

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This historical featurette focuses on Caesar Rodney of Delaware, who cast the deciding vote so that the Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Technicolor Specials (1938-1939 season) #2: The Declaration of Independence  »

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Vitaphone production reels #8874-8875. See more »

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Featured in The Voice That Thrilled the World (1943) See more »

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America (My Country, 'Tis of Thee)
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Music by Samuel Francis Smith
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The Midnight Ride Of Caesar Rodney
14 February 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although this highly dramatic ride to break the tie in Delaware's delegation to the Second Continental Congress was surely important in keeping American independence from being stillborn it doesn't truly square with the facts. Caesar Rodney was not the dashing young patriot that you see here portrayed by Ted Osbourne nor was he the cancer ridden old man you see in 1776. And at least part of the journey was made by carriage from Dover to Philadelphia.

This short subject did win an Oscar in that category for Warner Brothers and it does tell a nice story. Rodney's ride to break the tie was an important event though the dramatic lily gets a good gilding here, the short is an enjoyable one.


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