Declaration of Independence
By: Nicole

The four parts of the Declaration

The Preamble The Preamble is the basically the introduction to the declaration. The Preamble explains why the Continental Congress drew up the Declaration.
The Declaration of Rights
The second part of the Declaration, Declaration of Rights lists the rights of the citizens. It goes on to explain that people form a government to protect their rights.
The Bill of Indictment The third part of the Declaration lists the colonists complaints against the British government. It explains that the colonists are free.
Statement of Independence

The last one promised the colonists to fight to defend their own freedom. Now, though, the colonists no longer fought for their rights as British citizens. They fought as one new nation.


The Declaration of Independence is a document. The document declared the American Colonies declared their freedom from Britain. It was signed July 4, 1776. This date is also none as the 4th of July or Independence Day. There are two principles with the Declaration. The first principle states that the government exists for the benefit of the people, and the second principle states that all men are equal. John Hancock the president of the Second Continental Congress and by Charles Thompson the Congresss Secretary were the two to sign the Declaration of Independence.


One quote that Thomas Jefferson said, We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness.

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Another quote that Benjamin Franklin said, We must all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.

       (Roy Russo, <>.)


Rakove, Jack N. "Declaration of Independence." World Book Online Reference Center. 2007. [Place of access. Date of access.] <>.

Ritchie, Donald A., and Albert S. Broussard. American History, The Early Years To 1877. Westerville, Ohio: Glencoe/ McGraw-Hill, 1997.

* Russo, Roy. "Browse Topics." World of Quotes. com. 2006. Historic Quotes and Proverbs Archive . 9 Feb 2007 <>.

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