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This Day in Georgia History

July 02, 1776

Delegates Adopted Independence Resolutions

Delegates at the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted a series of resolutions proposed by Richard Henry Lee that declared “That these United States are and of right ought to be free and independent States,” called for a formal declaration of independence from Great Britain, urged signing alliances with foreign countries, and proposed the formation of a confederation. After voting for independence, delegates continued to refine the declaration.