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The Committee of 5. It consisted of five people: John Adams Benjamin Franklin Thomas Jefferson Robert R. Livingston Roger Sherman. PARTS of the DECLARATION of INDEPENDENCE R 24.

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The committee of 5
The Committee of 5

  • It consisted of five people:

    • John Adams

    • Benjamin Franklin

    • Thomas Jefferson

    • Robert R. Livingston

    • Roger Sherman


Parts of the declaration of independence r 24
PARTS of the DECLARATION of INDEPENDENCER 24

•Preamble: the reasons for writing down the Declaration (from "WHEN, in the Course of human Events" to "declare the Causes which impel them to the Separation."). What reason(s) did the Founding Fathers give for their decision to write out a declaration?


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Statement of beliefs: specifying what the undersigned believed, the philosophy behind the document (from "We hold these Truths to be self-evident" to "an absolute Tyranny over these States"). What beliefs did the Founding Fathers declare they held?


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List of complaints: the offenses that impelled the declaration (from "To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World" to "unfit to be the ruler of a free people"). What are a few of the complaints? Are any specific events mentioned? If not, is the information given sometimes sufficient to figure out to which events the complaints refer?


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Statement of prior attempts to redress grievances: (From "Nor have we been wanting in attentions to our British brethren," to "Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.") In what way(s) did the framers claim to have already tried in addressing the complaints?


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Declaration of independence: (From "WE, therefore" to "and our sacred Honour.") What will change in the colonies as a result of the Declaration?


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Signatures of members of the Continental Congress

Most famous signers: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Samuel Adams,


Fun facts
Fun Facts

  • The youngest signer was Edward Rutledge of SC. who was 26 years old.

  • The oldest signer was Benjamin Franklin of PA. who was 70 years old and who famously said, “We must all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”


Fun facts1
Fun Facts

  • The Declaration of Independence didn’t actually create the United States of America upon being signed this actually came later.

  • In one of Thomas Jefferson’s rough drafts he condemned slavery but other signers argued for it to be removed before they signed.

  • One of the copies of the Declaration of Independence is on display in the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C.

  • There are 26 copies of the Declaration of Independence


Fun facts2
Fun Facts

  • John Hancock was the president of the Continental Congress at the time and was the only delegate to sign the Declaration on July 4th, 1776.

  • The other 55 signers didn’t sign it until later in August.

  • We celebrate Independence Day on July 4th because it was the day when the Declaration was Adopted by the Second Continental Congress