On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress — made up of delegates from all 13 Colonies — adopted the Declaration of Independence. Two days later, The Pennsylvania Evening Post became the first newspaper to publish the Declaration. On display in this compelling exhibit is one of only 19 known copies of the historic newspaper. This rare printing shows the declaration as Americans first saw it — as front-page news.

Interactive kiosks in the exhibit allow visitors to zoom in and explore the newspaper 1776 LOGO STACKEDin high-definition, while graphic novel-style illustrations in the gallery tell the story of how and why delegates from the 13 American Colonies gathered in Philadelphia to break the bonds of British rule and forge a new nation. Some of the most tumultuous and trying chapters in American history are highlighted, including the Stamp Act, the Boston Tea Party and news of war erupting from the battles of Lexington and Concord. A Newseum-produced video, presented as a documentary graphic novel, features original animated illustrations and interviews with media figures such as Sebastian Junger and S.E. Cupp.

As the United States celebrates the 240th anniversary of its independence from Great Britain, the exhibit explores how news of freedom spread through the Colonies and abroad and played a crucial role in uniting American colonists behind the cause
of independence.

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