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The Road to Independence Rebellion that made a  new  nation There still remained the task, however, of gaining each colony's approval of a formal  declaration. On June 7, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia introduced a resolution in the  Second Continental Congress, declaring, "That these United Colonies are, and of right  ought to be, free and independent states. ...” Immediately, a committee of five, headed  by Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, was appointed to draft a document for a vote. Largely Jefferson's work, the Declaration of Independence, adopted July 4, 1776, not  only announced the birth of a new nation, but also set forth a philosophy of human  freedom that would become a dynamic force throughout the entire world. The  Declaration drew upon French and English Enlightenment political philosophy, but one  influence in particular stands out: John Locke's 
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