Declaration of Independence
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Who

Thomas Jefferson, Richard Henry Lee, Congress , Benjamin Franklin, John Adams

What + How

Americans draft the Declaration of Independence and debate whether or not to break off from Britain.

When July 2nd 1776 July 4th 1776
Where

Philadelphia

Why

Britain was taxing them heavily, and British had started fighting the militias at Lexington and Concord. The Colonists were ready to break off from Britain but some people were worried about the consequences




At the Second Continental Congress located in Philadelphia, colonists were discussing whether they should stay under British rule or whether they should break off and form their own nation. While they were still debating the idea, Congress chose a committee to write the declaration of independence. On the committee were Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams. On The 2nd of July 1776, Congress took the vote about Richard Henry Lees proposal for independence. The colonies agreed to it and they took the Declaration and changed it until they approved of it on July 4th, 1776.
 George Washington even read it to his soldiers. The Declaration has 5 Major sections. There is the Introduction of the Declaration entitles people. It also acknowledges the fact that the reasons for independence must be reasonable. The Preamble says that there are certain rights that the government should never violate them, as the British had. These rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Next Comes the Indictment of King George III. This part states that George has made several abuses towards the colonies. There are 27 in all. Next comes the Denunciation of the British people. This part finishes the reasons that they are breaking off from Britain. It also expresses their hope for a peaceful resolution. Finally there is the Conclusion. It states that the representatives and the people of the United States had seen conditions that required the change of a government.
Resources

Apppleby, Joyce, Alan Brinkley, Albert Broussard, James McPherson, and Donald Ritchie. The American Journey. Columbus, Ohio: The McGraw-Hill Companies, 2009. 141-142, 146-149.

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