Independence Hall in Philadelphia
Independence Hall in Philadelphia
 
 
The five writers of the Declaration of Independence
The five writers of the Declaration of Independence
 
 
The writers drafting the declararion
The writers drafting the declararion
 
 
Presenting the Declaration of Indepence to the Second Continental Congress
Presenting the Declaration of Indepence to the Second Continental Congress
 
 
Signing the Declaration of Independence
Signing the Declaration of Independence
 
 
Reading the declaration to the colonists
Reading the declaration to the colonists
 
 
A copy of the Declaration of Independence
A copy of the Declaration of Independence
 
Declaration of Independence
Topic(s):   Revolutionary War (U.S.)

The Second Continental Congress met in May 1776 in Philadelphia. The American Revolution had begun. The leaders needed to plan its course. The 56 delegates met as rebels against the British government.

The congress wanted to cut all ties to Great Britain. They chose Thomas Jefferson to write a Declaration of Independence. Jefferson was known as a scholar and good writer. John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and others would help him. It took Thomas Jefferson 17 days to draft the document.

The Declaration of Independence has four main parts.

Part one contains beliefs such as all men are created equal. They have the right to live, to be free and to seek happiness. Part two lists all the wrongs the British did to the colonists. There were 27 of them. The third part declares that the colonies have a right to be free and independent states. Part four is the signatures of all the delegates.

The Congress adopted the declaration on July 4th. A large bell rang all day. Print shops and newspapers printed copies of the document. Riders galloped away to spread the news. George Washington and his troops heard the declaration read on July 9. It took two months for all the colonies to learn the news.

The Declaration of Independence inspires people around the world. It is a landmark in world history.

Resource information

Bigelow, B. C., McConnell, S. A., & Schmittroth, L. (2000). American Revolution: Almanac. Detroit: UXL.

Dolan, E. F. (1995). The American Revolution: How we fought the War of Independence. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press.

Dorf, P., & In McKee, S. D. (1937). Visualized American history: Unit organization. New York: Oxford Book Co.

Osborne, M. P., & Boyce, N. P. (2013). Magic tree house fact tracker #11: American Revolution. New York: Random House Books for Young Readers.

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