|Writing the Declaration of Independence, 1776|
Virginia Historical Society
|Ferris, Jean Leon Gerome|
The Declaration of Independence was a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, regarded themselves as independent states, and no longer a part of the British Empire. John Adams had put forth a resolution earlier in the year, making a...
|Congress Voting The Declaration Of Independence|
Library of Congress
|Pine, Robert Edge|
Print shows men gathered in the Assembly Room in the Pennsylvania State House (now called Independence Hall), Philadelphia. Completed figures include John Adams, Roger Sherman, James Wilson and Thomas Jefferson, handing a document to John Hancock, president of the Congress. Seated in the front from left to right are Samuel Adams, Robert Morris,...
|The Declaration Of Independence, 4 July 1776|
Yale University Art Gallery
New Haven, CT
The Declaration of Independence was begun in Paris, most probably at the suggestion of Thomas Jefferson, chief author of the document, who provided Trumbull with a first-hand account of the event in the Assembly Room in Independence Hall where Congress had met. Trumbull combined a desire for historical authenticity with a mission to commemorate a...
- American Revolutionary War