declaration was signed by John Hancock, John Adams, Samuel Adams,
Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry, Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple,
Thornton, Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery, Roger Sherman, Samuel
William Williams, Oliver Wolcott, William Floyd, Philip Livingston,
Lewis, Lewis Morris, Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis
John Hart, Abraham Clark, Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin
Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean, Samuel Chase, William Paca,
Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee,
Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee,
Braxton, William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn, Edward Rutledge,
Heyward Jr., Thomas Lynch Jr., Arthur Middleton, Button Gwinnett, Lyman
and George Walton.
Thomas Jefferson was the main writer of the declaration, along with Benjamin Franklin and John Adams.
||What-The Declaration of
Independence stated that the colonies were free from Britain. It was
passed by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. The
Declaration said the reasons that the colonies had for resisting
Britain. Three of the main things leading up to the making of the
Declaration were the Stamp Act, the Townshend Acts, and the Tea Act. In
1774 the First Continental Congress met to discuss resistance against
Britain. They decided that the Parliament could not tax them because
the colonists were not represented in Parliament. The colonists also
didn’t want to completely cut their link with Britain. During the
Revolutionary War, on June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee wrote a
resolution and presented it to the Second Continental Congress. They
decided to appoint someone to draft a declaration of independence and
Thomas Jefferson got the job. The congress approved of the resolution
and soon John Hancock and the Congress’ secretary, Charles Thomson,
||When-On Sept. 5, 1774, the First
Continental Congress met and on May 10, 1775, the Second Continental
Congress came together. The final draft of the declaration was accepted
on July 4, 1776.
||Where-The first and second
Continental Congress’ both met in Philadelphia and the declaration was
passed at the Second Continental Congess.
||How-The declaration was started
by Richard Henry Lee reading his resolution to the Second Continental
Congress. They then had Thomas Jefferson make the declaration of
independence, along with Benjamin Franklin and John Adams. After it was
read to people in the State House yard they decided to put it on
parchment and had everyone sign it, which included 56 people.
declaration was the colonists way of declaring their freedom from
British rule. The colonists were angry with the way the British thought
they could tax them with the Stamp Act, the Townshend Acts, and the Tea
Act. The colonists were fed up with the taxation without
representation and all the other things Britain had done to them so the
declaration was the final thing that separated them from Britain.