1776 (play)

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1776 is a Tony Award-winning musical play by Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone, produced in 1969.

It takes place over the summer of 1776 in Philadelphia, USA and recreates the Continental Congress and developments leading to the creation of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

It also describes the difficulty in having the new document ratified.

Of particular note is the debate leading to the removal of Jefferson’s proposed clause concerning the outlawing of Black slavery in the United States.

A filmed version was produced in 1972 and the play had a well-received revival in 1997.