U.S. History: Declaration of Independence
Updated: 9/12/2018
U.S. History: Declaration of Independence
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  • that wretch....stupid Pharoah of England...
  • We want independence man!
  • We're independent!
  • ditto!
  • After the Olive Branch Petition, Thomas Paine made a 50-page pamphlet attacking King George III.
  • We have a right to be free!
  • Paine declared that the time had come for colonists to proclaim an independent republic. Independence would give Americans the chance to create a better society.
  • Hey everyone
  • By early summer 1776, events pushed the Continental Congress toward a decision. Some states declared that they were independent; and at last the Congress urged each colony to form its own government.
  • This is so much fun
  • On June 7, Richard Henry Lee a Virginia delegate moved that the colonies should be free and independent.
  • The Congress appointed a committee to prepare a formal declaration explaining the reasons for the colonies' actions. Thomas Jefferson was chosen to express the committee's points. 
  • The Declaration of Independence drew on the concepts of John Locke, who maintained that people enjoy "natural rights" to life, liberty, and property.
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