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Declaration of Independence. By: Kelly Whiting . Main Menu. WHO Was Involved?. Original John Hancock suggested the Americans should form a new nation called the United States of America. Thomas Jefferson was chose to write the Declaration of Independence. Additional signers

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declaration of independence

Declaration of Independence

By: Kelly Whiting

who was involved
WHO Was Involved?
  • Original
    • John Hancock suggested the Americans should form a new nation called the United States of America.
    • Thomas Jefferson was chose to write the Declaration of Independence.
  • Additional signers
    • Benjamin Franklin and John Adams made a few minor changes to the Declaration of Independence.
    • 56 people signed the Declaration of Independence.

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where did it happen
WHERE Did It Happen?
  • Philadelphia
    • The Declaration of Independence was adopted by Congress on June 4, 1776 in Philadelphia.
  • New York
    • John Hancock gave General George Washington a copy of the Declaration in New York.
    • Delegates began to sign the engrossed copy of the Declaration of Independence.
    • A large British reinforcement arrived at New York after being repelled at Charles ton , S.C. on August 2, 1776.

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why did it happen
WHY Did It Happen?
  • Acts passed by Parliament
    • The stamp act of 1765,the Town shed acts of 1773 and the tea act of 1773 made the colonists so mad they wanted independence.
    • On March 18,1776 the stamp act repealed but on the same day parliament passed the declaratory act.
  • The King
    • King George 3 ascended the throne of England in 1773.
  • Getting closer to Independence
    • Thomas Paine published Common Sense which pushed the colonies closer to independence.

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when did it happen
WHEN Did It Happen?

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  • During and after the Declaration was written
    • On January 18, 1777 congress ordered that the declaration be sent to the states.
    • Richard Henry Lee read and signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
  • Before the Declaration was written
    • Benjamin Franklin and colonial leaders met in Philadelphia in Sept. 1774 to talk about troubles with England.
    • On June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee rose In Congress and said that the Americans should be free, independent states.

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what happened
WHAT Happened?
  • Fighting with England
    • Even though the Americans were fighting they weren’t ready for independence
    • Since England was so powerful the Americans didn’t know how they would win independence
  • The Declaration
    • A few passages were removed from the Declaration of independence.
    • Most of the other changes for the declaration dealt with style.

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other information
OTHER Information
  • After the Declaration was signed
    • The Pennsylvania evening post printed the 1st newspaper rendition of the declaration on July 9,1776
    • George Washington ordered that the Declaration be read to the American Army in New York on July 9, 1776
    • Congress ordered the declaration officially inscribed and signed by members

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bibliography
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Fradin, Dennis Brindell. The Declaration of Independence. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 2007. Print.

Kindig, Thomas. “Signers of the Declaration of Independence.” ushistory.org. N.p., 2011. Web. 8 Feb. 2011. <http://www.ushistory.org/>.

Ravoke, Jack N. “Declaration of Independence.” World Book. 2011. World Book Student. Web. 7 Feb. 2011. <http://worldbookonline.com//?id=ar151520&st=Declaration of Independence>.

“Timeline of the Revolution.” pbs.org. N.p., 2004. Web. 8 Feb. 2011. <http://www.pbs.org///_timeline.htm/>.

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