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Declaration of Independence

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The Declaration of Independence

Declaration Of Independance {{Written By Tj}}

Virginia Hoke claims this one!




 Tj was the Main Writer:: Thomas Jefferson




The Deleration was part of the Second Contintal Congress, on July 4th 1776.


It's main point was to declare the thirteen states free from Britian::


it's "revolutionary" ideas were inspired by the Enlightened thinkers of the time - specifically Locke


"are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to Great Britain"


It was also declared the the United States of America making a country.



 Trumbull's Declaration of Independence



Time Line of the Events

June 7 Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, receives Richard Henry Lee's resolution urging Congress to declare independence.
June 11 Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston appointed to a committee to draft a declaration of independence. American army retreats to Lake Champlain from Canada.
June 12-27 Jefferson, at the request of the committee, drafts a declaration, of which only a fragment exists. Jefferson's clean, or "fair" copy, the "original Rough draught," is reviewed by the committee. Both documents are in the manuscript collections of the Library of Congress.
June 28 A fair copy of the committee draft of the Declaration of Independence is read in Congress.
July 1-4 Congress debates and revises the Declaration of Independence.
July 2 Congress declares independence as the British fleet and army arrive at New York.
July 4 Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence in the morning of a bright, sunny, but cool Philadelphia day. John Dunlap prints the Declaration of Independence. These prints are now called "Dunlap Broadsides." Twenty-four copies are known to exist, two of which are in the Library of Congress. One of these was Washington's personal copy.
July 5 John Hancock, president of the Continental Congress, dispatches the first of Dunlap's broadsides of the Declaration of Independence to the legislatures of New Jersey and Delaware.
July 6 Pennsylvania Evening Post of July 6 prints the first newspaper rendition of the Declaration of Independence.
July 8 The first public reading of the Declaration is in Philadelphia.
July 9 Washington orders that the Declaration of Independence be read before the American army in New York
July 19 Congress orders the Declaration of Independence engrossed (officially inscribed) and signed by members.
August 2 Delegates begin to sign engrossed copy of the Declaration of Independence. A large British reinforcement arrives at New York after being repelled at Charleston, S.C.
January 18 Congress, now sitting in Baltimore, Maryland, orders that signed copies of the Declaration of Independence printed by Mary Katherine Goddard of Baltimore be sent to the states.





An engrossed copy of the declaration was signed by the delegates on August 2 and is now on display in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

The Declaration is considered to be the founding document of the United States of America,


 Signers of the Declaration of Independence


Delaware    George Read Caesar Rodney
  Thomas McKean  
Pennsylvania    George Clymer Benjamin Franklin
  Robert Morris John Morton
  Benjamin Rush George Ross
  James Smith James Wilson
  George Taylor  
Massachusetts    John Adams Samuel Adams
  John Hancock Robert Treat Paine
  Elbridge Gerry  
New Hampshire    Josiah Bartlett William Whipple
  Matthew Thornton  
Rhode Island    Stephen Hopkins William Ellery
New York    Lewis Morris Philip Livingston
  Francis Lewis William Floyd
Georgia    Button Gwinnett Lyman Hall
  George Walton  
Virginia    Richard Henry Lee Francis Lightfoot Lee
  Carter Braxton Benjamin Harrison
  Thomas Jefferson George Wythe
  Thomas Nelson, Jr.  
North Carolina    William Hooper John Penn
  Joseph Hewes  
South Carolina    Edward Rutledge Arthur Middleton
  Thomas Lynch, Jr. Thomas Heyward, Jr.
New Jersey    Abraham Clark John Hart
  Francis Hopkinson Richard Stockton
  John Witherspoon  
Connecticut    Samuel Huntington Roger Sherman
  William Williams Oliver Wolcott
Maryland    Charles Carroll Samuel Chase
  Thomas Stone William Paca

















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