by Esther Pavao
The Declaration of Independence is widely regarded by Americans as an inspired writing. It masterfully puts into words the anger and betrayal the Colonists felt towards the king of England, and it was the first formal, unanimous document that declared that the colonies no longer considered themselves under Britain's rule. It listed the grievances against their mother country and justified their breaking off from them.
Congress assigned the task to a Committee of Five consisting of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert R. Livingston, Thomas Jefferson, and Robert Sherman. After they decided the general layout, the daunting task of drafting this important document fell to Thomas Jefferson. Edits were made by Franklin and Adams before it was shown to Congress. After Congress ratified the document, the final draft was engrossed (formally handwritten), probably by Timothy Matlack.
These are the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Follow the links to read a little bit more about them.
From New Hampshire
From New York
From Rhode Island
From North Carolina
From South Carolina
From New Jersey
This is a short description of the Declaration of Independence. Click here to read the transcription of the original document.