The Dunlap Broadsides

On July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted to declare independence, and on July 4 they adopted the final wording of the Declaration of Independence.

John Dunlap was the printing contractor to the Second Continental Congress. John Hancock ordered Mr. Dunlap to print broadside – poster sized – copies of the declaration. Those first printed copies of the Declaration are now known as the Dunlap Broadsides.

Historians believe Mr. Dunlap printed approximately 200 broadside copies as he worked through the night of July 4, 1776. Twenty-five have survived to this day and are in various museums and private collections. This is a photo of one Dunlap Broadside, now on display at the Library of Congress.

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