Several key figures of the Revolution wrote, drafted, edited, and composed the document. Among these were John Adams, John Livingston, and Benjamin Franklin. Thomas Jefferson, however, would become the primary drafter.
The 5 W's on The Declaration of Independence
The Declaration stated that "all men are created equal". It further explained that "they are endowed by their creator certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness". Colonists felt entitled to these freedoms, so they were declaring independence from Great Britain.
Declaration of Independence All men are created equal...
The Declaration was written, finalized, and signed at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was also here that the Continental Congress would set forth plans for their newly independent nation.
The Declaration was composed by several authors over a series of weeks beginning in May of 1776. However, the finalized draft was issued to the Continental Congress and passed voting on July 2nd, 1776. The finalized draft was sent to publication on July 4th, 1776. Independence Day is celebrated on July 4th every year in the United States.