What is the Declaration of
Independence?Not only is it a
symbol of life and liberty for the American people, but it’s also a list
of grievances against King George III.It was a justification to the world that the United States was severing
their connection with their mother country of England, forever!
The 13 colonies were in a time of political unrest due to
the large amount of taxes being paid to England.You may have heard the term, ‘Taxation without
Representation’ to describe this problem.To solve this dilemma, 56 brave men who knew they would die
if ever captured by the British, signed the Declaration of Independence.This important document would hold
strong for future generations to recognize and respect.
The lives of the men who signed the declaration, however,
were rewarded mostly by poverty and their homes and property destroyed.There is no substantial evidence to
prove whether the events surrounding the demise of these men were due to their
outright denial of the English Monarch, but there’s no evidence to prove
the opposite either.We should
never forget that these men pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor for
us to have freedom today.
What dates should you remember when thinking about the
Declaration of Independence?
was drafted from June 11th until June 28th, 1776.
was signed on July 4th, 1776 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
first newspaper to print the Declaration was the Pennsylvania Evening Post on
July 6th, 1776.
first public reading was at Philadelphia’s Independence Square on July 8th,
1776. (It was actually read twice that day.)
signing of the document was officially complete in August of 1776.
first official anniversary celebration of America’s Independence was on
July 4th, 1777.
What does this mean to us today?From Thomas Jefferson’s first draft to the final copy,
this summarization of our country’s ideals and philosophy remains a
constant in our society today.We
still hold these truths to be self-evident and the preservation of our country
depends on this fact!
Links for The Declaration of Independence
This is a special exhibition from the collection titled
“Treasures of the Library of Congress.”Meet the Declaration Committee or read a chronology of
events surrounding the creation of our country’s most important
document.Also see pictures of the
objects in the exhibition.
A U.S. History site devoted to bringing resources to
students for research papers has formed this collection of important
Jefferson’s Account of the Declaration’ or profiles of every
delegate who signed the document.Learn about the Graff House where Jefferson actually wrote the