Spreading the Word: The Declaration of Independence Makes the Papers

The first broadside version of the Declaration of Independence was printed by John Dunlap and issued from the seat of Congress in Philadelphia, beginning on Friday, July 5, 1776. Late the next day, on Saturday, July 6, word spread via The Pennsylvania Evening Post to the inhabitants of the wider region beyond Philadelphia, who thereby learned of the decision to separate from dominion to the British Crown. The text of the Declaration fills both columns of the front page (p. 335) and the first column of the second page (p. 336) of this quarto newspaper, which is drawn from The New York Public Library's famous collection of early American newspapers.

The Pennsylvania Evening Post, vol. II, no. 228, July 6, 1776. Philadelphia: Benjamin Towne, in Front-street, near the London Coffee-house.
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