2 Free and Independent States Lee ResolutionRichard Henry Lee, a delegate from Virginia, read a resolution before the Continental Congress "that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved."
3 Committee of FiveFive men were appointed to draft a statement making a case for American independenceJohn Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston
4 We hold these truths to be self-evident The Committee of Five draft the Declaration of Independence
5 Almost UnanimousThe Lee Resolution was adopted by 12 of the 13 Colonies (Now STATES)New York did not voteCongress decides to declare The United States of America independent
6 Almost PerfectCongress debates and makes changes to the Declaration of Independence
7 Independence DayCongress officially adopts the Declaration of IndependenceThe United States of America formally declares independence from Great BritainCopies of the Declaration were printed immediately
8 Dunlap BroadsidesJohn Dunlap, official printer of the Continental CongressAbout 200 copies were made and distributed throughout the colonies25 copies still exist
9 55 in iron pen, Mr. Matlack can’t offend Congress ordered that the Declaration be “engrossed” on parchment with the phrase “The unanimous declaration of the thirteen United States of America”Handwritten by Timothy Matlack, official scribe of the Continental Congress
10 55 in iron pen, Mr. Matlack can’t offend The engrossed Declaration was signed by most members of CongressBy November, 1776, 55 members of Congress had signed the DeclarationThomas McKean, the 56th member, signed the Declaration in 1781
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