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The REVOLUTION is Here! “Here’s to You Mr. Jefferson”

Time line to Independence

1776

June 7 — Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, receives Richard Henry Lee’s resolution urging Congress to declare independence.

June 11 — Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston appointed to a committee to draft a declaration of independence. American army retreats to Lake Champlain from Canada.

June 12 – 27 — Jefferson, at the request of the committee, drafts a declaration, of which only a fragment exists. Jefferson’s clean, or “fair” copy, the “original Rough draught,” is reviewed by the committee. Both documents are in the manuscript collections of the Library of Congress.

June 28 — A fair copy of the committee draft of the Declaration of Independence is read in Congress.

July 1 – 4 — Congress debates and revises the Declaration of Independence.

July 2 — Congress declares independence as the British fleet and army arrive at New York.

July 4 — Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence in the morning of a bright, sunny, but cool Philadelphia day. John Dunlap prints the Declaration of Independence. These prints are now called “Dunlap Broadsides.” Twenty-four copies are known to exist, two of which are in the Library of Congress. One of these was Washington’s personal copy.

July 5 — John Hancock, president of the Continental Congress, dispatches the first of Dunlap’s broadsides of the Declaration of Independence to the legislatures of New Jersey and Delaware.

July 6 — Pennsylvania Evening Post of July 6 prints the first newspaper rendition of the Declaration of Independence.

July 8 — The first public reading of the Declaration is in Philadelphia.

July 9 — Washington orders that the Declaration of Independence be read before the American army in New York — from his personal copy of the “Dunlap Broadside.”

July 19 — Congress orders the Declaration of Independence engrossed (officially inscribed) and signed by members.

August 2 — Delegates begin to sign engrossed copy of the Declaration of Independence. A large British reinforcement arrives at New York after being repelled at Charleston, S.C.
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The Declaration of Independence

Shuttin’ Detroit Down

Performed by John Rich at the American Country Music Awards

Short Biographies of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence

John Adams

 

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Born: October 30,1735
Birthplace: Braintree,Mass
Died: July 4,1826

Adams began his education in a common school in Braintree. He secured a scholarship to Harvard and graduated at the age of 20.
He apprenticed to a Mr. Putnam of Worcester, who provided access to the library of the Attorney General of Massachusetts, and was admitted to the Bar in 1761. He participated in an outcry against Writs of Assistance. Adams became a prominent public figure in his activities against the Stamp Act, in response to which he wrote and published a popular article, Essay on the Canon and Feudal Law. He was married on Oct. 25, 1764 and moved to Boston, assuming a prominent position in the patriot movement. He was elected to the Massachusetts Assembly in 1770, and was chosen one of five to represent the colony at the First Continental Congress in 1774.
Again in the Continental Congress, in 1775, he nominated Washington to be commander-in-chief on the colonial armies. Adams was a very active member of congress, he was engaged by as many as ninety committees and chaired twenty-five during the second Continental Congress. In May of 1776, he offered a resolution that amounted to a declaration of independence from Gr. Britain. He was shortly thereafter a fierce advocate for the Declaration drafted by Thos. Jefferson. Congress then appointed him ambassador to France, to replace Silas Dean at the French court. He returned from those duties in 1779 and participated in the framing of a state constitution for Massachusetts, where he was further appointed Minister plenipotentiary to negotiate a peace, and form a commercial treaty, with Gr. Britain. In 1781 he participated with Franklin, Jay and Laurens, in development of the Treaty of Peace with Gr. Britain and was a signer of that treaty, which ended the Revolutionary War, in 1783.

He was elected Vice President of the United States under Geo. Washington in 1789, and was elected President in 1796. Adams was a Federalist and this made him an arch-rival of Thos. Jefferson and his Republican party. The discord between Adams and Jefferson surfaced many times during Adams’ (and, later, Jefferson’s) presidency. This was not a mere party contest. The struggle was over the nature of the office and on the limits of Federal power over the state governments and individual citizens.

Adams retired from office at the end of his term in 1801. He was elected President of a convention to reform the constitution of Massachusetts in 1824, but declined the honor due to failing health.
He died on July 4, 1826 (incidentally, within hours of the death of Thos. Jefferson.) His final toast to the Fourth of July was “Independence Forever!” Late in the afternoon of the Fourth of July, just hours after Jefferson died at Monticello, Adams, unaware of that fact, is reported to have said, “Thomas Jefferson survives.”

Suggested Reading about John Adams: “John Adams” by David McCollough

American Beauty

When I first heard this song I cried, because.. I love my country and its being ruined. I knew I wanted to make a video using it as a visual poem to my “American Beauty” however I just didn’t have the time so I entrusted the song to my friend Dan  from http://michigan912.com/ and he did a beautiful job!

Thanks my friend,  for making this wonderful video

A Little Tea Anyone

Lansing, MI Independence Day Tea Party

Join With Thousands of Patriots Across the Country on the 4th of July

As We Re-Declare Our Independence from Oppressive Government!

State Capitol

100 N. Capitol

Lansing

1:00-3:00pm

We the People!

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

The Declaration of Independence

Lansing, MI Independence Day Tea Party

Re-Declaring Our Independence!

The Boston Tea Party was an act of direct protest by American Colonists demanding representation in the British Government. They became known as the original patriots

Join With Thousands of Patriots

Across the Country As We Re-Declare Our Independence from Oppressive Government!

State Capitol

100 N. Capitol

Lansing

1:00-3:00pm


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