Declaration by the Representatives of United Colonies of North America


Category: Liberty & Dignity

By Representatives of United Colonies of North America

Published in 1775

Reference #0099

This declaration marked a significant moment in American history. Composed by Thomas Jefferson and later revised by John Dickinson, it represented the resolute determination of the thirteen colonial representatives. With a steadfast commitment to avoiding a war of independence, they made it clear that they were willing to sacrifice their lives rather than endure enslavement any longer. The Battle of Bunker Hill in June 1775 further heightened the urgency of the situation, prompting even those advocating for reconciliation to reconsider.

In response, the American stance grew forceful. While Thomas Jefferson initially captured the nation’s position, it was the moderate delegate John Dickinson who crafted a version that surpassed even Jefferson’s first draft in its strength and vigor. Approved by Congress on July 6, 1775, this spirited manifesto came to symbolize the indomitable spirit of the American people.