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04/07/1776 US Congress proclaims the Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence is the statement adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting at the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with the Kingdom of Great Britain, regarded themselves as thirteen independent sovereign states, no longer under British rule.


  • Essentials 

  • Background 

  • Toward independence 

  • Draft and adoption 

  • Annotated text of the engrossed declaration 

  • Influences and legal status 

  • Signing 

  • Publication and reaction 

  • History of the documents 

  • Legacy 

  • Bibliography