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What The Vote For The Declaration Of Independence Would Have Sounded Like On Live Radio In 1776

What a live broadcast of the voting for the declaration of Independence would have sounded like had it been broadcast on the radio in 1776.

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we hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness

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Hulton Archive Rischgitz Tom Pennington
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Embodying the Declaration of Independence, the vote will be by colonies, each colony voting as a unit, the majority will decide. (Inaudible) 12 votes will be cast. New York has decided to abstain, thus 7 votes will carry the issue. New Hampshire, Mr Josiah Bartlett? "New Hampshire votes unanimously for Independence!" Massachusetts, Mr. John Adams ? "The Patriots of Massachusetts vote unanimously for Independence!" Rhode Island, Mr. Williams Ellery? "Independence!" Connecticut, Mr. Roger Sherman? "Independence, Unanimous!" New Jersey, The Reverend Dr. Witherspoon? "Mr. President in my judgement the country is not only ripe for independence, but is in danger of becoming rotten for wanting it, New Jersey votes unanimously for Independence! Pennsylvania Mr. Benjamin Franklin? "the majority of the delegation from Pennsylvania votes for separation from England, so help us God". Delaware, Mr. Ceaser Rodney? "Delaware votes unanimously for Independence!" The Declaration of Independence has (Inaudible), Delaware has cast the deciding vote, there is no reaction from the delegates and the voting continues it will very probably be unanimous by colonies. Many of the individual delegates are shaking their head, however, no matter what may be said against the deceleration, this document is impressive, it reads well, it begins, "When in the course of human events, change is necessary" and than continues and I quote, "we hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness". "July 4th, 1776 John Dickinson loses his fight to block the Declaration of Independence and the 13 colonies go forward to establish the United States of America.