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Drafting the Declaration of Independence

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Between the 11th of June and the 1st of July, in 1776, a committee of five men worked on drafting a Declaration of Independence which would assert that the 13 American Colonies were now-free of British control.

Although Tom Jefferson had the primary role, he received help from four others.  They were principally Ben Franklin, John Adams assisted by Roger Sherman and Robert Livingston.  Together, the men were called "The Committee of Five."

This image, based on an engraving by Alonzo Chappel, shows the committee members conferring.  After their draft was ready, the committee presented their work product to the full Congress when it reconvened on July 1, 1776. 

To this day, we can view the original draft which was written by Jefferson with edits by Franklin and Adams.


Media Credits

Image, described above, online courtesy U.S. National Archives.  NARA image NWDNS-30-N-31(170).

 

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