04 July, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

On July 1st, 1776, the Second Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and took a vote. Nine out of the thirteen delegations (one for each colony) voted for declaring independence, while Pennsylvania and South Carolina voted against, Delaware split with one delegate on each side, and New York could not vote. But delegates wanted the vote to be unanimous, and not a divided. So they postponed it.

On July 2nd, there was another vote by Congress. Two Pennsylvania delegates abstained and the colony turned out in favor of declaring independence, South Carolina switched, and aside from New York (which still could not vote), the decision came out 12 colonies in favor.

On July 4th, 1776, Congress formally adopted the United States Declaration of Independence, written by the Committee of Five, which consisted of Thomas Jefferson (who wrote the first draft), John Adams, Robert R. Livingstone, Benjamin Franklin, and Roger Sherman.

To read the Declaration of Independence, go HERE.



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Sources:
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_history.html
http://www.ushistory.org/DECLARATION/timeline.htm
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_timeline.html
http://www.history.com/topics/declaration-of-independence
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/congress-votes-for-independence
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Declaration_of_Independence#Draft_and_adoption

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Have a great holiday, everyone!


-----The Golden Eagle

26 comments:

Gail M Baugniet said...

Happy 4th of July! I am looking forward to watching the fireworks display this evening, always appreciative of our freedom to celebrate.
Thanks for including a link to the Declaration of Independence.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Happy Fourth! And South Carolina held out for a while? That figures.

cherie said...

Happy 4th! Thanks for the history lesson. ;)

Summer Ross said...

Happy 4th of July!

Siv Maria said...

Have a wonderful celebration and stay safe!

Alyssa@Teens Read and Write said...

Happy 4th to you too!

L.G.Smith said...

Happy 4th of July!

You know, there's some good writing talent on display in that Declaration of Independence. :)

Shelley said...

Happy 4th of July Golden Eagle! :)

Old Kitty said...

Have a wonderful Fourth of July!! Thanks for the links - very informative! Take care
x

Sananora said...

Happy Independence Day! It's truly the one day I feel especially proud to be an American :)

anthony stemke said...

Loved your post.
Hope you had a wonderful Independence day.

Shelly said...

DITTO...Great Post!

Misha said...

Happy 4th of July!

Michael Di Gesu said...

I hope you had a great 4th Golden....


I spent the whole day out ... gorgeous weather in Chicago and just got back from a terrific picnic at the zoo.....

Donna K. Weaver said...

Happy 4th!

Bethany Elizabeth said...

Happy fourth!! :)

Medeia Sharif said...

Happy 4th of July. I'm a few hours late, but it's still the 4th in other time zones. ;)

Rob-bear said...

I hope you had a wonderful time on the 4th.

Emily Rose said...

Happy Fourth of July!

Charles Gramlich said...

Happy fourth to you!

Bryce Daniels said...

It's amazing how much I have forgotten concerning the founding of this country. I'm ashamed.
Great post! And hope you had a good 4th.

Shari said...

Thanks for sharing the history--and great pic!

Flying high in the sky.... said...

WoW!!! thanks for educating me ... i did not know so many details...thanks once more... hope you had a great day on 4th!!

The Golden Eagle said...

Gail: Thanks! :) I hope you had a good one.

You're welcome!

Alex: I would have thought it'd be the opposite, actually. :P

Cherie: You're welcome! :D

Summer: Thank you!

Siv: Thanks! :)

Alyssa: Hope you had a good one!

L.G.: Thanks!

Definitely. ;)

Shelly: Thank you!

Old Kitty: We did have a nice 4th of July. :)

You're welcome!

Sananora: Thank you!

:)

Anthony: Thanks! I'm glad you liked it.

Thank you--we did!

Shelly: Thanks! :D

Misha: Thanks! :)

Michael: We did have a good 4th of July this year.

Now that sounds like a nice way to spend the day!

Donna: Thank you! I hope you had great 4th of July. :)

Bethany: Thanks!

Medeia: The advantage to living in a country with several time zones. ;)

Rob-bear: It was a nice 4th of July. :)

Emily: Thanks! :)

Charles: I hope you had a great 4th as well!

Bryce: I learned quite a bit from researching this post--I didn't know about the two votes, or the fact Congress finalized it on July 2nd. I just knew the 4th date. :P

Thank you!

Shari: You're welcome! :)

Glad you like the pic.

Flying high: You're welcome--I hadn't known so many details about the USA's steps toward independence, either!

Thanks!

Catherine Johnson said...

Great history lesson and what a fab picture. I bet you all had a blast watching fireworks. We had to stay in and look after the dog on Canada Day.

Heather said...

Thank you for this great reminder of what it's all about! I hope you had a great holiday.