The Dunlap Broadsides and Narrative.

The narrative for the Dunlap Broadsides and the framed copy of one is an addition to the Memorial Display for Cornelius Harnett at the Harnett County Courthouse.  For the location of it, see the Cornelius Harnett Memorial Display.  It appears on the right side of the Display.  The narrative in final form appearing above on the left was printed by Rich and Jay Calabrese of Innovative Signs and placed by County Facility Maintenance Director Chris Johnson and Scott Guy, Maintenance Technician for the county, on October 19, 2012.  The copy of the Broadside framed and encased in Museum glass was provided by sponsor Sam Hummel.  As explained in the narrative the 200 Broadsides were  prepared by John Dunlap on the night of July 4, 1776 and one of the copies was read by Cornelius Harnett on August 1, 1776 at Halifax.  Later, this became the document that we know as  “The Declaration of Independence.”

This narrative that appears above is not distorted but, when photographed, became distorted.  For that reason the narrative from which it was taken has been substituted below. This narrative explains how the Dunlap Broadsides came into being.  It was developed by the sponsors to this Web site and put in final narrative form by Glenn Hood.  The narrative refers to the 200 Broadsides that were printed by John Dunlap and for that reason the narrative is headed as”The Dunlap Broadsides.”

The narrative begins below:

The Broadside copied from the one on the wall appears below.  The original size of the paper writing for the broadside was 13 inches wide by 17.5 inches high.  For that reason the print appears to be very small when printed out to a size that is much less than standard print area for 8.5 x 11 inch paper.  A computer with the capacity to expand the size to 200 percent or more will allow for a better view.

For an easier read of the Declaration of Independence see the following website:  http://www.earlyamerica.com/earlyamerica/freedom/doi/text.html (accessed October 29, 2012).  The website could not be accessed as of November 15, 2014.  The following website provided a very readable copy as of November 15, 2014.  This web site provided a readable copy as of November 15, 2014:   http://www.earlyamerica.com/freedom-documents/u-s-constitution/constitution-united-states/

With the ability to zoom to a better view, the following website furnishes both a view of the original signed copy of the Declaration of Independence (badly faded) and an engraving made from it in 1823 by printer William J. Stone.  http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration.html

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