U.S. History: Declaration of Independence
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After the Olive Branch Petition, Thomas Paine made a 50-page pamphlet attacking King George III.
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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.
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.
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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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