Declaration of Independence

Declaration of Independence

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  • WHO Wrote the Declaration of Independence?
  •    WHAT did the Declaration of Independence Say?
  • WHERE was the Declaration of Independence Written?
  • Several key figures of the Revolution wrote, drafted, edited, and composed the document. Among these were John Adams, John Livingston, and Benjamin Franklin. Thomas Jefferson, however, would become the primary drafter.
  • WHEN was the Declaration of Independence Written?
  • The Declaration stated that "all men are created equal". It further explained that "they are endowed by their creator certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness". Colonists felt entitled to these freedoms, so they were declaring independence from Great Britain.
  • WHY was the Declaration of Independence Written?
  • The Declaration was written, finalized, and signed at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was also here that the Continental Congress would set forth plans for their newly independent nation.
  • The Declaration was composed by several authors over a series of weeks beginning in May of 1776. However, the finalized draft was issued to the Continental Congress and passed voting on July 2nd, 1776. The finalized draft was sent to publication on July 4th, 1776. Independence Day is celebrated on July 4th every year in the United States.
  • The Declaration was written for several reasons. It first stated the belief of the colonists in natural rights, liberties, and freedoms.  It stated that government exists to protect the rights of the citizens.  It stated that the people have the responsibility of replacing a government that does not protect their rights. It declared independence from Great Britain, while also listing and explaining grievances against the British Empire.
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