Declaration of Independence
Updated: 4/20/2020
Declaration of Independence
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  • The Declaration of Independence will start with the Preamble. We, the thirteen colonies, will no longer be in British control.
  • "He (King George III) has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good."
  • "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."
  • These are our unalienable rights!
  • That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, "
  • If we are unsatisfied with the government, we can abolish it, because we the people give the right to government!
  • "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,"
  • "He (King George III) has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures."
  • That's why we want to gain independence!
  • "For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:"
  • "For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:"
  • We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
  • We will have the rights that an independent power will have! We are able to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, and establish Commerce!
  • "these united Colonies are... Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is...totally dissolved; and that...they (colonies) have full Power... to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do."
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