June 2020 Newsletter

The Declaration of Independence

The Ambassador’s Column

By Ron Yeaw

 

I. INTRODUCTION

The Declaration of Independence is a statement that was adopted by the Second 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. Instead, they now had formed a new nation – the United States of America.  Ultimately, the document was a formal explanation as to why the Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence more than a year after the outbreak of the Revolutionary War.  Commonly referred to as the Fourth of July, Independence Day is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of that Declaration.  Separation of the American colonies from Great Britain had actually occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Congress voted its approval of a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia.  After voting for independence, the Congress then turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining the decision.

 

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