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US Continental Congress forms committee to draft declaration of independence

US Continental Congress forms committee to draft declaration of independence

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This pivotal committee included Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R Livingston

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Publisted at 9:37 AM, Tue Jun 11th, 2024

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On 11 June 1776, the Continental Congress took a decisive step towards American independence by establishing a committee tasked with drafting a formal declaration.

This pivotal committee included Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R Livingston, each bringing unique strengths and perspectives to the monumental task.

Jefferson, known for his eloquence and vision, was chosen to pen the initial draft, while Adams and Franklin provided critical revisions and strategic insights.

Sherman's practical wisdom and Livingston's legal acumen further enriched the committee's work, setting the stage for the creation of a document that would articulate the colonies' resolve for independence and their grievances against British rule, ultimately becoming a cornerstone of American history.

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