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Uniting for Revolution - 2

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John Binns’ Engraving of the...
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John Binns’ Engraving of the Declaration of Independence, 1819

Few copies of the Declaration of Independence were circulated in 1776, but numerous ceremonial copies were published in the surge of patriotism following the War of 1812. This one exactly copied the signers’ signatures, but added the seals of the 13 original states and portraits of George Washington, John Hancock and Thomas Jefferson.

Records of the U.S. Senate, National Archives and Records Administration