02 Jul America’s Guiding Principles Likely Drafted on Hemp Paper
We are just days away from America’s birthday, and in states across the Union, Americans are preparing to cheer the freedoms we are guaranteed in our country. During this time of celebration, we would like to take a moment to consider the principles under which our country was created.
President John F. Kennedy summarized the role of America and its government, saying that it “must be as a city upon a hill—constructed and inhabited by men aware of their grave trust and their great responsibilities.”
Decades later, President Ronald Reagan similarly suggested, “America is a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere.”
Nowhere is this sense of responsibility to freedom more evident than in our country’s greatest documents: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
Was the Declaration of Independence printed on hemp?
There has long been an internet rumor stating that all three documents were written on hemp paper. This has been demonstrated to be untrue. Instead, they were written on parchment, which is actually made from animal skin treated with lime. This was traditional for a more formal document and was known to be a long lasting medium.
However, drafts of these significant documents likely were written on hemp paper, which would have been cheaper and more easily sourced at the time. Hemp was an important cash crop for colonists, who used hemp fiber to create goods like paper, cloth, rope, and sail canvas.
That means that the idea of what America would become, a shining beacon of freedom, and the rights she would stand for were first created using hemp paper.
Hemp is enjoying renewed popularity in the U.S. Since 2014, states have been establishing pilot programs for hemp cultivation, opening the door for a possible domestic hemp industry in the U.S. for the first time in almost one hundred years. We seem on the precipice of once again realizing George Washington’s urging to “make the most of the Hemp seed, sow it everywhere.”
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