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Declaration for Independence
On July 4th, 1776 56 men signed the Declaration of Independence, which became one of the most important and influential documents in history. It agreed to “mutually pledge to each other, our fortunes, our lives and our sacred honor.” The document made it clear that the thirteen American colonies that were at war with Great Britain regarded themselves as independent states, and no longer as part of the British Empire. The men knew that by signing this they were committing treason but they did it anyways in the hope to give the American colonies freedom. The four main parts of the Declaration of Independence are the Preamble, the Declaration of Natural Rights, List of Grievances, and Resolution of independence by the United States. The purpose of the Preamble was to state that nature itself calls for separation of people from their country, and that in many times throughout history, ties will be broken, and new ones will be formed. The purpose of the Declaration of Natural Rights is to explain that people have certain inalienable rights which governments should protect. As for the List of Grievances the purpose was to provide proof to all those who read the Declaration, that King George III was a tyrant and he abused his power towards his own people, and denied their rights. The purpose of the Resolution of independence by the United States was to state that the colonies were now their own states, and independent of the British rule. Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration to show a new theory of government, reasons why they were separating from England, and a formal declaration of war. Not only did it give the 13 colonies freedom from England's laws, but it made it clear that “all men are created equal.” It also stated that everyone had the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” If it weren’t for the Declaration we might not have the freedom to live...
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