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Emily Kim and Sheridan Aguilar
The Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull, 1818
The Story Truth: Emily Kim
The Happening Truth: Sheridan Aguilar
There are many differences regarding the painting The Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull and the actual signing of the Declaration of Independence. One important fact that differs from the painting is that the Declaration of Independence wasn't actually signed on July 4th, 1776 because the second continental congress spent several days signing it. The location of the event is correct. When The Declaration of Independence was drafted they met in Philadelphia. The painting is correct because it shows the committee of five standing around the Declaration of Independence. The Committee of five was appointed by the Second continental congress to draft the Declaration of Independence. The committee of five included Thomas Jefferson,John Adams,Benjamin Franklin,Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman. The painting left out nine people who actually signed the document , and included four people who didn't sign the Declaration of Independence.Delegates from all 13 colonies were in Philadelphia to help vote and draft the Declaration of Independence as seen in the painting.Historians question the time that the document was drafted. The painting shows light coming out of windows which the viewer can then infer that it was drafted in the daytime. Although, the painting shows that the document was drafted in the daytime there is a possibly that it could've been drafted at night.
War Story in Jefferson's Perspective
July 2nd came about, and the time for decision had arrived. Delegates with different opinions all gathered to make the decision, and before every vote the silence was deafening. But at last, it was yes to independence and no to British abuse.
As a part of the committee of five, I was designated the task of drafting the Declaration of Independence. We had to make it known to the world that America was finally free. With the help of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and other members of the committee of five, the Declaration was written. Over the months, signatures were collected. Some were willing to join the cause but some were not, regardless they still signed. Our fates were set in stone and now we were forced to face the reality of our decision. Will our future await life and liberty or shameful death? Only God knows.