The Declaration of Independence was founded on July 4th, 1776. This document declared independence from British rule and taxes.

1. The Preamble explains why the Continental Congress made the Declaration, saying that when a country becomes independent, they should be able to their reasons why.

2. A Declaration of Rights states the equality of men and the famous quote- Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness. The Life part means people have the right to protect themselves against physical attack. The Liberty means the people have a right to criticize the government and Pursuit of Happiness means the right to own property and defend it.

3. A Bill of Indictment states the abuses King George III took upon the colonists, such as the laws he made the colonists follow. It also states the other unjust things the King did to them.

4. A Statement of Independence wraps up the whole Declaration, asking the King to correct the laws and at the end it states their independence from Britain.

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America the Story of Us Declaration of Independence

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