Independence Day

This holiday, sometimes called the Fourth of July, celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. It was drafted mostly by Thomas Jefferson. The Continental Congress passed the Declaration on July fourth 1776, but was signed by most delegates on August second. This stated that the 13 Colonies that were ruled by England in North America shall become their own country. This was caused by many inequalities between citizens that lived in England and the citizens that lived in the Colonies. They both were actual citizens and both were taxed, but the real problem was that the Colonies had no representation in Parliament. This led to many different protests that just made England occupy more troops in the colonies. This is a federal holiday and is very important to our history and our culture. The Declaration of Independence is said to be the most important document in United States history.

The Delegates were...

New Hampshire
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts
Samuel Adams, John Adams, John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton.


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Bibliography:
"Fourth of July." Wikipedia. 1 Mar. 2006 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourth_of_July>.

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