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Reading the Declaration of Independence to the Troops - limited edition print


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LIMITED EDITION PRINTS
Giclée Canvas Prints

Reproduction technique: Giclées are printed with the finest archival pigmented inks on canvas.
Each print is numbered and signed by the artist and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.


Classic Edition 22" x 30"
Signed & Numbered • Edition Size: 100



Not every patriot agreed with the Declaration of Independence. For some, it went too far. Many Americans who opposed the measures of Parliament were anti-British but not yet ready for full independence. For others, the Declaration was simply ill-timed. Washington - as passionate a believer in the cause as any - was a cautious man. Given the choice, he probably would have postponed any talk of independence. Now that it was here, however, he bowed to the wishes of Congress.

On the evening of July 9, 1776, at 6:00 p.m., thousands of Continental army troops stationed around New York City assembled at the parade grounds in Lower Manhattan (near present-day City Hall) to hear the Declaration read by their commanding officers. After the conclusion - "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor" - the crowd broke into deafening cheers and marched down Broadway to Bowling Green park, where they tore down a statue of King George III. The declaration "seemed to have their hearty assent," Washington remarked.

 

 
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