Transparency Master A: Independence Timeline
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.
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.
Congress continues to debate and revise the Declaration of Independence.
Congress approves the Declaration of Independence. (Independence Day)