As the American Revolution proceeded during —76 and Britain undertook to assert its sovereignty by means of large armed forces, making only a gesture toward conciliation, the majority of Americans increasingly came to believe that they must secure their rights outside the empire.
The final transfer of these special documents did not, however, take place until almost 20 years later.
Once the Declaration of Independence had been written and signed, printer John Dunlap was asked to make about copies to be distributed throughout the colonies.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotismit is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Governmentand to provide new Guards for their future security.
The next step was for the resolution to be voted upon by Congress itself. Franklin and Mr. More Secret Service agents and a cavalry troop of the 13th Armored Division met the train, convoyed its precious contents to the Bullion Depository at Fort Knox, and placed the Declaration in compartment 24 in the outer tier on the ground level.
The committee took no minutes, so there is some uncertainty about how the drafting process proceeded; contradictory accounts were written many years later by Jefferson and Adams, too many years to be regarded as entirely reliable—although their accounts are frequently cited.
The following day, the Lee Resolution for independence was adopted by 12 of the 13 colonies, New York not voting. Once they had been placed on mattresses inside the vehicle, they were accompanied by a color guard, ceremonial troops, the Army Band, the Air Force Drum and Bugle Corps, two light tanks, four servicemen carrying submachine guns, and a motorcycle escort in a parade down Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues to the Archives Building.
Livingston of New York—to draft a formal statement justifying the break with Great Britain. Thanks for watching!
The committee presented the final draft before Congress on June 28,and Congress adopted the final text of the Declaration of Independence on July 4. The word "unanimous" was inserted as a result of a Congressional resolution passed on July 19, Resolved, That the Declaration passed on the 4th, be fairly engrossed on parchment, with the title and stile of "The unanimous declaration of the thirteen United States of America," and that the same, when engrossed, be signed by every member of Congress.