1776: 'It Was A Great Year'

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Published July 4, 2007

  • In May of 1776, George Mason authored the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the first authoritative formulation of the doctrine of inalienable rights, which was to become the basis for the American Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States. 
  • The Second Continental Congress met on May 10, 1776, in the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia. The Declaration of Independence was written and members of the Second Continental Congress decided to officially put the colonies in a state of defense. 
  • On June 7, 1776, Virginian Richard Henry Lee made his famous proposal to congress: “that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.” 
  • On July 4th, the Declaration of Independence was signed in Congress. 
  • On July 8th, the Liberty Bell rang out to call the people of Philadelphia to hear the first reading of the Declaration of Independence. The next day, on official orders of General George Washington, the Declaration of Independence was read to his army in New York. 
  • Nathan Hale was hanged as traitor on September 22, 1776. 
  • On Christmas Day of 1776, Washington led his army across the Delaware River and launched a successful attack against Hessian troops in Trenton, New Jersey. 
  • At the Battle of Trenton which took place on December 26, 1776, Washington chased the British out of New Jersey.

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