Declrartion of Independence
By: Jared Volz

The Declaration of
Independence is the historic document which the American Colonies stated their freedom from the country Britain, which is now the United Kingdom.
 


Who?

Thomas Jefferson
The Declaration was drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11th and June 28th in the year of 1176. The Declaration is the nations most cherished symbol of liberty.

Who signed the Declaration of Independence?
    On July 4, the Congress adopted the final draft of the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration was signed by John Hancock, he was the president of the Second Continental Congress. It was also signed by Charles Thomson, the Congress secretary. It was printed and read to a large crowd on July 8th. On July 19th the Congress ordered the Declaration to be written in stylish script on parchment. 56 members signed the engrossed copy.




 

What?
The Declaration expresses the colonies for rejecting the British. The first couple of paragraphs talk about how people of every country should have the right to conquer any government that violates their important rights.

 

Why Do We Have The Declaration of Independence?
The importance of the Declaration is far beyond any reasons. The first principle is that governments exist for the help of the people and not their rulers, but when a government turns to a oppression, the people have the right to overturn the government. The second principle is that all men are created equal. This saying has served a powerful souvenir that all members of a society are allowed to the full shield of the law and to the right to partake in public affairs.

How?
One of the events leading to the Declaration was the American leaders repeatedly challenging the British Parliaments right to tax the colonies. Theses efforts were the Stamp Act of 1765, the Townshend Acts of 1767, and the Tea Act of 1773.

When and Where?
The Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4th, 1776. The Declaration was signed in Philadelphia.



The original parchment of the Declaration is housed in the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C.

    The Declaration is the nations most cherished symbol of liberty.

Sources

 

"Declaration of Independence." The National Archives Experience. The National Archives Experience. 30 Jan 2007 <http://www.archives.gov/national-archives-experience/charters/declaration.html>.

  Mason , D.J.. "The Declaration of Independence Home Page." The Declaration of Independence Home Page. Duke University. 30 Jan 2007 <http://www.duke.edu/eng169s2/group1/lex3/firstpge.htm>.

Rakove, Jack N. "Declaration of Independence." World Book Online Reference Center. 2007. Internet. 1/22/2007 <http://www.worldbookonline.com/wb/Article?id=ar151520>.

 

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