Essay about Historical Analysis : The Declaration Of Independence

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For a person to understand a historical document, one must put the document itself into

historical context before a person can even start understanding the document itself. A historian’s

job is to collect, examine, and catalog a historical piece of evidence but it becomes more difficult to

do so when there is so much background to the historical narrative. The document focused on is

the Declaration of independence, crafted by the Committee of Five consisting of Thomas

Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston. These men

were assigned to creating this document by The Second Continental Congress and adopted by

Congress on July 4th, 1776. But one must first understand the circumstances that the document

was created and influenced before it was adopted. It turned out that the official document was

sent to Congress on July 2nd but needed to be accepted fully by the congress and not only until

August 2nd were all signatures of the Second Continental Congress recorded on the document.

This means that the real day that Congress declared independence was July 2nd, not the 4th; not

all members signed the document until August 2nd; not all signers of the document met together

at once. With all these misconceptions coming to the plate, other important points need to be

answered. Since Jefferson drafted the document, what did the Committee of Five do to contribute

to the document? If there were changes made during…

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