- from Declaration of Independence
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After lots of talking, delegates to the Second Continental Congress voted for independence from Britain.
On June 11, 1776, they agreed to form a committee. It would write a report that explained why the colonies wanted to be independent from Britain. The delegates chose John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, and Thomas Jefferson. The others helped. But the brilliant young Jefferson wrote most of the Declaration of Independence.