To the British government & royal monarchy, I challenge to ask you what your authority is
We want independence!
Common Sense by: Thomas Paine
Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776
We have now written and approved the Declaration of Independence. Will all 13 colonies please sign!
CJ dela Paz Demetrius Nicholson
Published in 1776, Common Sense challenged the authority of the British government and the royal monarchy. The language Paine used helped the common people also understand. This was the first work published that openly asked for independence from Britain.
Congress appointed Committee on Independence to prepare a statement shortly after Lee's Speech. Declaration had 3 major parts: preamble, List of 27 Grievances of the colonies, and Formal declaration of independence. The Declaration was not addressed to England nor did the U.S expect a response from the king.