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Webisode 1: 1765-1776 Page: 1 | 2

A New and Correct Map of the Whole World
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A New and Correct Map of the Whole World
The Atlantic Ocean, separating North America from England, Europe and Africa, is labeled "Western Ocean" on this 1719 map by Herman Moll, geographer.


Back of the State House, Philadelphia
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Back of the State House, Philadelphia
This is what Philadelphia's State House looked like from the back in the 18th century. After July 4, 1776 the building became known as Independence Hall.


Presenting the Declaration to Congress
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Presenting the Declaration to Congress
In this stylized eighteenth century painting by John Trumbull, the drafting committee of five, with Thomas Jefferson looming in front, presents the Declaration of Independence to the Continental Congress and its president, John Hancock. After heavy editing of the committee's draft of the Declaration, Congress adopted a final version on July 4, 1776. Even though it was a more moderate document than what Jefferson had originally composed, the Declaration was nothing less than a public commitment to revolution.



Benjamin Harrison
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Benjamin Harrison
Benjamin Harrison of Virginia was so committed to the American cause he said he "would have come on foot rather than not come" to Philadelphia.


Sam Adams
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Sam Adams
Samuel Adams was a New Englander from Boston with a Puritan background. In the 1760s he started something called "committees of correspondence," groups of colonists who exchanged letters to help each other with political problems.


The Declaration of Independence
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The Declaration of Independence
The final draft of the Declaration of Independence.


Negroes to be sold
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"Negroes to be sold"
Ironically, many of the delegates who signed the Declaration of Independence owned slaves.



Map of North America
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Map of North America
In this early 18th century map of North America, Florida looks strange, and California shows up as an island. Where Alaska is today is simply marked "Parts Unknown."


George III
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George III
George III's official title was "King of Great Britain and Ireland."


This is the Place to Affix the Stamp
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"This is the Place to Affix the Stamp"
During the Stamp Act crisis of 1765 one American newspaper proposed, with biting humor, that the hated British stamps take the form of the skull and crossbones.



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