The Declaration of Independence

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The Declaration of Independence

Richard Henry Lee

In the first part of the declaration, also called the introduction, it stated why the declaration was needed. In the second part, it listed the colonists main ideas about goverment, "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." In the third part, it listed the colonists complaints about the ruling of the king and Parliament. In the fourth, it stated, for all of those reasons, the 13 colonies were no longer a part of Britain. Jefferson also included a part about slaves, describing slavery as, "cruel war against human nature," yet he owned slaves himself. This was edited out. The Declaration of Independence was finally approved on July 4th 1776. The Sons of LIberty celebrated by toppling a statue of King George, which was later melted to make bullets.

In May of 1775, the Second Continental Congress met at the Pennsylvania State House and decided to form a committee to write a declaration. It would expain why they would be breaking away from Britain. This committee was called the Declaration Committee. There were 5 men in the Declaration Comittee. Their names were John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert R. Livingston, and Roger Sherman. Thomas Jefferson did most of the writing of the declaration.

The Declaration of Independence

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.

Roger Sherman

John Adams

Thomas Jefferson

Ben Franklin

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