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DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
Transcript of DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
Delegates from the 13 colonies.
Notable attendants: Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Hancock, John Adams.
Writer: Thomas Jefferson
List of grievances (wrong doings) by King George III against the colonies. List of rights.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
- Started meeting in 1775.
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Declaration of Independence signed: July 4, 1776
- "Unalienable Rights": rights that cannot be taken away. (Life, liberty, & pursuit of happiness)
- When one group of people is going to break away from a country to form its own nation, then they should explain why they are doing it.
- We now consider ourselves to be an independent country.