Delegates from the 13 original colonies of Colonial America met at Independence Hall in Philadelphia a second time to make momentous decisions concerning the conflict with England. George Washington was appointed as commander-in-chief of the new Continental Army and Thomas Jefferson was assigned the task of writing the Declaration of Independence. John Hancock wrote a large signature on the document leading the way for the rest of the signers. The Liberty Bell was rung to call the public to a reading of the Declaration. The author uses photographs and rich text to tell this story of the birth of the United States. Please see the PowerPoint on the First Continental Congress as well. This presentation is easily adapted to a range of grade levels.