Declaration of Independence
Thomas Jefferson, Richard Henry Lee, Congress
, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams
Americans draft the Declaration of Independence
and debate whether or not to break off from Britain.
2nd 1776 July 4th 1776
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.
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