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The Declaration of Independence:

The Declaration of Independence Declaring Freedom

The Continental Congress:

Met in June 1776 Decided it was time for the colonies to be free and independent from England The Continental Congress

Thomas Jefferson:

Five men made up a committee to write the document Thomas Jefferson was chosen to write the first draft of the Declaration of Independence He was assisted by: Ben Franklin John Adams Robert Livingston Roger Sherman Thomas Jefferson

The Declaration’s Format:

Introduction – “Preamble ” Principles of the Declaration – Protection of our basic rights Grievances - formal statement of complaint against the King of England Conclusion – Declaration of Independence from England The Declaration’s Format

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The people have to agree to government. “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” When a government abuses it’s power, the people have the right to rebel. “That whenever any form of Government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it … Governments are required to protect certain rights. “They are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Main Points of the Declaration of Independence


Grievances king deprived the colonists of the right of trial by jury king imposed taxes on colonists without their permission king kept standing armies in the colonies in times of peace No More! NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION

Signing the Declaration:

July 4, 1776 John Hancock signed first / biggest Only two people actually signed on July 4, 1776 Some of them did not sign for another 5 years. Signing the Declaration

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