The Declaration of Independence
By: Molly

   The Declaration of Independence was
when the American Colonies declared
freedom from Britain. Second Continental
Congress adopted the Declaration on
July 4, 1776.
  



Before            First there was a printing of the "Common Sense" the congress had debated on the resolution that was introduced by Richard Henry Lee declaring the colonist independence. The the Second Continental Congress god together and decided that they should write the Declaration of Independence. The congress consists of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, Thomas Jefferson and Robert Livingston
Adoption            July 2 was the day they had approved the Lee resolution. The delegates began to debate on Jefferson's draft. The finally on July 4, the congress adopted the final draft of the Declaration of Independence.
            John Hancock was the president of the Second Continental Congress' he was the one who signed the Declaration of Independenc
e along with Charles Thomson, the Congress's secretary. On July 8, it was read to a large crowed at the State House yard. The Congress ordered the Declaration to be written in stylish script parchment paper, on July 19. It was ordered that all of the members sign this new copy' sooner or later it ended up being 56 people signing.
What is the Declaration of Independence?            The Declaration of Independence that Thomas Jefferson wrote was about having a new representative type of government has 4 different parts. First, the Preamble, the first part, or the introduction on what your going to read about. Second, A Declaration of Rights, is the actual Declaration or the whole thing, "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness." Third List of Grievances, is basically the complaints against the British Government,, fourth Resolution of Independence, which is the conclusion or the very last part.

 

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