Thursday, July 2, 2009

July 4, 1776 - Declaration of Independence

The Continental Congress voting on the Declaration, as presented in HBOs "John Adams"



As read by Morgan Freeman, and various voices from Hollywood, some of whom I recognise, others, I haven't the foggiest:




High Resolution image of the original document, from archives.gov (click to see larger versions of each of the following photographs):



And a readable "stone engraving" version:



As it appeared in a newspaper of the Day, the Pennsylvania Packet :















As read by JFK:



And John Adams himself, as portrayed in in the musical "1776"



"I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is call a disgrace. That two are called a law firm, and that three or more become a congress!"

Ha!


Have a great Fourth one and all!