Declaration of Independence. Intro. Apr 1775: Fighting breaks out in Lex . & Concord. Colonies send representatives to Philadelphia, convening the 2 nd continental congress. GW, Jefferson, Hancock, Franklin. Create the Continental Army Washington: Commander in Chief
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On June 7, the Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies' independence before the Continental Congress when it met at the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall) in Philadelphia.
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When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…
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.
U.S. Capitol paintings. Signing of the Declaration of Independence, painting by John Trumbull in U.S. Capitol, detail with Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin II.
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Signing of the Declaration