Declaration of Independence


The Declaration of Independence was a document written by Thomas Jefferson and the Sons of Liberty that helped America gain its independence. If we didn’t have this document, it would completely change the way that Americans live today, as well as how the colonists lived before.


The Writing of the Declaration of Independence

On July 1st, 1776, the Second Continental Congress, which included Thomas Jefferson and The Sons of Liberty, met in the Philadelphia state house. Then they began to draft the first copy of the document. Over the next few days they discussed issues, like slave trade. Many colonists had a lot of complaints for King George III, that they felt were necessary enough to be put in the contract. After multiple days of hard work, the finale copy of The Declaration of Independence was signed. John Hancock was the first to sign it, and his signature stands out, due to it's size, all so the King could read it without glasses. Representatives from all of the colonies had also signed the document, including Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. July 4th, 1776, is the day this was officially signed and completed, and this became our national Independence Day. That day was the day, that we were no longer bound to Great Britain's rule. That day was the day we became a free and independent country.



Our Independence Day is marked by one of the most important signed documents in America. That document is called The Declaration of Independence. The colonists needed this document so that they could have freedom and independence, and that’s exactly what they got. The Declaration of Independence, has helped us today as we gain part of our freedom and independence from it.

"Declaration of Independence." Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. History: War. Detroit: Gale, 2009. Student Resources in Context. Web. 24 Nov. 2015.

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