Today July 2nd , in 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted unanimously to claim independence and break from Great Britain. New York was the only colony to have abstained its vote.
The resolution for independence from Great Britain had originally been presented to the Second Continental Congress on June 7th after it had convened in Philadelphia. But as several colonies (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and South Carolina) remained reticent to break with England, the vote was put off until July.
Salvo readers, you should all watch the HBO miniseries John Adams ( directed by Tom Hooper) in order to witness the ensuing drama, which stars Paul Giamatti as John Adams and Laura Linney as Abigail Adams. As demonstrated in the miniseries, Congress designated a specific committee to draft a declaration of independence when the vote was delayed; John Adams was among the members of the draft committee, but the group also included Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Robert R. Livingston of New York and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia. The primary author of this draft was Thomas Jefferson; the declaration was presented to Congress at the end of June.
John Adams predicted that July 2nd would be celebrated as the most memorable day in the history of America. But, this week we will celebrate our nation’s origins on Wednesday the 4th of July, the day Congress approved Jefferson’s edited Declaration of Independence.
Happy Independence Day Salvo readers!