Declaration of Independence

RonPaulCurriculum 8th Grade History Essay

Today I have to choose one of the four, Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, Constitution of the United States, or Bill of Rights. I chose the Declaration of Independence.

As we all know, the Declaration of Independence was a document written to state America’s separation of Great Britain. The Declaration of Independence was signed by many people, some important ones, including George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, etc. But in total, 56 people signed the Declaration of Independence.

It started when King George III made all these ridiculous Acts, then the Boston Tea Party of 1773 started a rebellion, then the Revolutionary War(if you wanna know more about the revolutionary war go here), till Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” pamphlet was published in 1775, that led the idea of separation. Then the Declaration of Independence was passed July 4, 1776, it was actually signed on July 2, 1776, but made public in July 4, 1776, which is now known as Independence Day.

The document was only written in about a few weeks, and was taken up by the Continental Congress. The one who was most credited with writing the Declaration of Independence was Thomas Jefferson, although the Second Continental Congress appointed 5 men, called the Committee of Five to write the Declaration of Independence, including Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston.

Jefferson did write the first draft, and sent it to the Congress, and they made revisions. And then John Hancock, who was the president at the time, passed the Declaration and was published.

This document is one of the most important document in American history, and without the founding fathers, we wouldn’t be here. If you wanna read the Declaration of Independence go here.


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