Declaration of Independence
By Kristi

"We the people of the United States..."


What? The declaration of Independence is a historic document that the American colonists used to declare freedom from Britain. It was adapted on July 4, 1776 which is now the birthday of the United States.
Who? The second continental congress- a meeting of delegates from the colonies formed the Decalration of Independence so they could have freedom from Britian. The Decalaraion expressed the colonies reasons in a powerful way so they could reject the powers of the Brittish rule.
When? July 4, 1776; Colonies were under British rule and were "set free" by writing the Declaration.
Where? The Thirteen Colonies; United States
Why? The colonists wanted to overthrow British rule.
How? The colonists met to form the Declaration.

Signers of the Declaration

John Hancock

Georgia

  • Button Gwinnett
  • Lyman Hall
  • George Walton

North Carolina

  • William Hooper
  • Joseph Hewes
  • John Penn

South Carolina

  • Edward Rutledge
  • Tomas Heyward, Jr.
  • Thomas Lynch, Jr.
  • Arthur Middleton

Maryland

  • Samuel Chase
  • William Paca
  • Thomas Stone
  • Charles Carroll

Virginia

  • George Wythe
  • Richard Henry Lee
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Benjamin Harrison
  • Thomas Nelson Jr.
  • Carter Braxton

Pennslyvania

  • Robert Morris
  • Benjamin Rush
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • John Morton
  • George Clymer
  • James Smith
  • George Taylor
  • James Wilson
  • George Ross

Deleware

  • Caesar Rodney
  • George Read
  • Thomas McKean

New York

  • William Floyd
  • Philip Livingston
  • Francis Lewis
  • Lewis Morris

New Jersey

  • Richard Stockton
  • John Witherspoon
  • Francis Hopkinson
  • John Hart
  • Abraham Clark

New Hampshire

  • Josiah Bartlett
  • William Whipple
  • Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts

  • Samuel Adams
  • John Adams
  • Robert Treat Paine
  • Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island

  • Stephen Hopkins
  • William Ellery

Connecticut

  • Samuel Huntington
  • William Williams
  • Oliver Wolcott
  • Roger Sherman



Sections of the Declaration

There are four Parts of the Declaration of
Independence: the Preamble, the Declaration
of Rights, A Bill of Indictment, and the
Statement of Independence


The Preamble
The preamble tells why the Continental Congress started the declaration. The people felt that when they wanted to become a independent country, that they should explain their reasons and beliefs to the world.
The Declaration of Rights
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with a certain unalienable Rights, that among thes are Life, Liberty and the persuit of Happiness."
This section of the Declaration explains about the principle of exquality.
A Bill of Indictment
This part talks about all the wrong acts that the King did that mad a huge effect of the Thirteen Colonies.
Statement of Independence
The Statement of Indpendence is the asking of the King for freedom and independence.

Sources

"The Declaration of Independence." Declaration of Independence. 2007. USHistory.org. 15 Jan 2007 <http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/index.htm>.

Rakove, Jack N. "Declaration of Independence." World Book Online Reference Center. 2007. [Internet. 10 Jan 2007.] <http://www.worldbookonline.com/wb/Article?id=ar151520>.

Ritchie, Donald, and Albert Broussard. The Declaration of Independence. United States: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., 199


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