When reenacting or acting as a historical interpreter, its good to have a few historical dates and stories to share. This series will publish a few.
July 4, 1776
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
accepted by Congress
Richard Henry Lee’s resolution for independence from Great Britain was originally been presented to Congress on June 7. Hoping for a unanimous vote, Congress delayed the vote until July 1. In the intervening period, a committee (John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, and Thomas Jefferson) was appointed to draft a formal declaration of independence. This document, which was presented to Congress for review on June 28. After extensive revision, this document was formally accepted on July 4, 1776. On August 2, the declaration was signed.
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