1776 July 4

Declaration of Independence !


The Declaration of Independence is celebrated on this day, which marked the announcement by the Continental Congress of the independence of the thirteen American colonies from England. The document, largely written by Thomas Jefferson, was formally approved on July 2nd, and John Adams wanted that day to become the official holiday.

There were actually several versions of the Declaration. The most important version, which is now in the National Archives, was ordered to be printed by the Continental Congress on the 19th of July and signed on the 2nd of August.

In case you haven’t read it lately, here it is: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html

Visit the National Archives: http://www.archives.gov/

Learn more about the different editions of the Declaration: http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/work?id=olbp58078

Find a Day

Abortion Rights ACLU african-americans Alice Paul anti-communism Anti-Communist Hysteria Birth Control Brown v. Board of Education Censorship CIA Civil Rights Civil Rights Act of 1964 Cold War Espionage Act FBI First Amendment Fourteenth Amendment freedom of speech Free Speech Gay Rights Hate Speech homosexuality Hoover, J. Edgar HUAC Japanese American Internment King, Dr. Martin Luther Ku Klux Klan Labor Unions Lesbian and Gay Rights Loyalty Oaths McCarthy, Sen. Joe New York Times Obscenity Police Misconduct Same-Sex Marriage Separation of Church and State Sex Discrimination Smith Act Spying Spying on Americans Vietnam War Voting Rights Voting Rights Act of 1965 War on Terror Watergate White House Women's Rights Women's Suffrage World War I World War II Relocation Camps


Tell Us What You Think

We want to hear your comments, criticisms and suggestions!