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Item 34722

Title: Dunlap Declaration of Independence, 1776

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: 1776-07-04

Location: Philadelphia

Media: Ink on paper

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Dunlap Declaration of Independence, 1776

Unlocking the Declaration's Secrets

Fewer than 30 copies of the first printing of the Declaration of Independence are known to exist. John Dunlap hurriedly printed copies for distribution to assemblies, conventions, committees and military officers. Authenticating authenticity of the document requires examination of numerous details of the broadside.