One by one, the Continental Congress continued to sever the colonies` ties with Britain. The corsair resolution, adopted in March 1776, allowed the colonists “to equip armed ships to sail on the enemies of these united colonies.” On April 6, 1776, U.S. ports were opened to trade with other nations, an action that severed the economic ties promoted by the Navigation Acts. A “resolution on the formation of local governments” was adopted on 10 May 1776. Second, once it is recognized that the Americans and the English are two distinct peoples, the conflict between them is less likely to be considered a civil war. The Continental Congress knew that America could not resist British military power without foreign aid. But they also knew that America could not get help as long as the colonies were fighting a civil war as part of the British Empire. Helping the colonies would be interference in Britain`s internal affairs. As Samuel Adams explained, “no foreign power can systematically comfort the rebels or conclude any treaty with these colonies until they declare themselves free and independent.” The decisive factor that paved the way for foreign aid was the Act of the Declaration of Independence. But by defining America and England as two distinct peoples, the declaration reinforced the perception that the conflict was not a civil war, making it, as Congress noted in its independence debates, “more consistent with the European delicacy for European powers to deal with us or even receive an ambassador.” 9 Over the next 200 years, the nation, whose birth was heralded by a declaration “fairly absorbed by parchment,” was to show immense growth in terms of area, population, economic power, and social complexity, as well as a sustained commitment to testing and strengthening its democracy. But what about the parchment itself? How has development gone over two centuries? On February 28, 1924, the shrine was inaugurated in the presence of the President and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge, Minister Hughes and other distinguished guests. During a moving ceremony in which Putnam inserted the statement into its frame, not a word was spoken.
There was no speech. Two verses from America were sung. In Putnam`s words: “The impression on the audience has proven the emotional power of documents that are animated by a great tradition. The section of the British Brotherhood essentially put an end to the independence affair. Congress had set out the conditions justifying the revolution and had shown, as best it could, that these conditions existed in Britain`s thirteen North American colonies. All that remained was to close the statement: recent studies on the statement by the curators of the National Archives have raised doubts that a “wet transfer” has taken place. However, the detection of this event cannot be strictly verified or challenged with modern investigative methods. No documentation was found prior to the 1881 reference to support the theory; Therefore, we may never know if Stone actually performed the procedure. In 1933, as the Depression gripped the nation, President Hoover laid the foundation stone for the National Archives building in Washington, D.C. He announced that the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution would eventually be preserved in the impressive structure that was to occupy the site. In fact, it is for their preservation and exhibition that the exhibition hall of the National Archives was designed. Two large murals were painted for its walls.
One depicts Thomas Jefferson presenting the statement to John Hancock, president of the Continental Congress, as members of this revolutionary watch. In the second, James Madison is depicted handing over the Constitution to George Washington. This last section of the explanation is very formal and attracted attention mainly because of its final movement. Carl Becker considered this phrase to be “perfection itself”: from the revolutionaries` point of view, however, the main advantage of the Charge 10 formulation was probably its deliberate ambiguity. The “multitude of new offices” referred to the customs posts created in the 1760s to control colonial smuggling. The “swarms of officers” who would have eaten the substance of the three million inhabitants of the colonies were fifty in number across the continent. But Congress could hardly attack George III as a tyrant for appointing a few dozen men to enforce anti-smuggling laws, so it clothed the prosecution in vague and evocative images that gave meaning and emotional resonance to what would otherwise have been a rather pathetic grievance.23 Throughout the complaints, the king provokes lamentations, how the settlers passively accept one blow at a time without wavering in their loyalty. His wickedness is complete, George III leaves the stage and it is then occupied by the colonists and their “British brothers”. The intensive use of personal pronouns continues, but in the meantime, the settlers have become instigators of the action as they actively seek to remedy their ills. This is characterized by a change in the idiom from “He has” to “We have”: “We asked for reparation..”, “We reminded them of this..”, “We appealed to them..” and “We mentioned them”. But “they were deaf” to all requests, so “We must..
keep them” as enemies. In the end, only the settlers remain on stage to say their last dramatic lines: “We.. Publish and solemnly declare…. And to support this statement, “we commit our lives, our happiness and our holy honor to each other.” The clearest call for independence in the summer of 1776 came on June 7 in Philadelphia. .