Resolved, Unanimously, July 9, 1776

On the afternoon of July 9, 1776, at the Court House in White Plains, Colonel Pierre Van Cortlandt voted to approve the Declaration of Independence. He was one of eleven deputies from Westchester County at the meeting of “the Provincial Congress of the Province of New-York.”1 The meeting took place at a time of high … Continue reading Resolved, Unanimously, July 9, 1776

Declaring Independence, July 2, 1776

Two hundred and thirty seven years ago today, on July 2, 1776, the Pennsylvania Evening Post published momentous news. It wasn’t emblazzoned across the front page as it would be today, because in the 18th century newspapers were produced slowly—typeset letter-by-letter and printed one-by-one. “Each side of each sheet of each copy had to be … Continue reading Declaring Independence, July 2, 1776