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Transparency Master A: Independence Timeline

June 11 

John Adams and four others are appointed by Congress to a committee to draft a declaration of independence. The committee requests that Thomas Jefferson write the declaration.

July 2 

Congress votes on a resolution in favor of independence (as the British army and navy arrive in New York).

The final language of the formal declaration is still being debated.

July 3

Congress continues to debate and revise the Declaration of Independence.

July 4

Congress approves the Declaration of Independence. (Independence Day)