Independence Hall


This symbol of our freedom is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was built as the State House of Pennsylvania sometime between 1732 and 1756. The colonists who were the Founding Fathers of the United States of America met in this building to plan the future of our new nation.

Many of the most important documents in our history were written at Independence Hall. Patriots met for the Second Continental Congress in the Hall in May, 1775. They chose George Washington to be Commander in Chief of the Continental Army at that time. Here in this building John Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence. The Articles of Confederation were ratified at the Hall in 1781. In 1787 a group of men met at Independence Hall to change the laws of the Articles of Confederation. These delegates chose George Washington, whom they all trusted, to be president of this meeting. Instead of changing the laws in the Articles of Confederation, the delegates decided to write a new document. This document became the Constitution of the United States. Our new Constitution was written and signed here at Independence Hall on September 17, 1787.

Independence Hall was also the home of the Liberty Bell for over 200 years.

 Student Activity

Now that you know about the signing of the Declaration of Independence and Independence Hall, you can work in a group and create a play about this important event. Then have your teacher video tape your play. Invite your parents to school to view the video tape.

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