In 1989, someone discovered a previously unknown Dunlap Broadside. There are only 26 known surviving Dunlap Broadsides today.Although Thomas Jefferson is often called the “author” of the Declaration of Independence, he wasn’t the only person who contributed important ideas.Jefferson was a member of a five-person committee appointed by the Continental Congress to write the Declaration.
John Hancock, the President of the Continental Congress signed the declaration along with Charles Thomson and it was sent to John Dunlap’s print shop for printing.
About Thomas Jefferson As the author of the Declaration of Independence there is much history behind the actual writing of the Declaration, from education to politics.
In 1774 he wrote “A Summary View of the Rights of British America”?
which became a very powerful argument of American terms for settlement with Britain.
He presented the draft to Congress on July 1, 1776 and more revisions were made.
On the fourth of July the delegates met in what we know today as Independence Hall, but back then was known as the Pennsylvania State House, and approved the Declaration.The Declaration of Independence is without a doubt one of the most important documents ever to be written in American history.It was signed by fifty-six different men, all representatives from different states. Most of us know today the author of the Declaration of Independence as Thomas Jefferson.But many do not know the history behind the man or the Declaration.Let’s look at some important events leading up to the signing and writing of the Declaration. During the 1700s, the British Parliament passed several laws that limited the freedoms of many English colonists in America.He had originally included language condemning the British promotion of the slave trade (even though Jefferson himself was a slave owner).This criticism of the slave trade was removed in spite of Jefferson’s objections.One of the most widely held misconceptions about the Declaration of Independence is that it was signed on July 4, 1776.In fact, independence was formally declared on July 2, 1776, a date that John Adams believed would be “the most memorable epocha in the history of America.” On July 4, 1776, Congress approved the final text of the Declaration. After Jefferson wrote his first draft of the Declaration, the other members of the Declaration committee and the Continental Congress made 86 changes to Jefferson’s draft, including shortening the overall length by more than a fourth.Rebellion was the only choice the colonists felt they had left due to the King ignoring their letters. Although we know Thomas Jefferson as the true author, the Second Continental Congress initially appointed five people to draw up a declaration.The committee included Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston and Thomas Jefferson.