Declaration of Independence
Who signed it?          (CONNETICUT)
  • Roger Sherman

  • Samuel Huntington

  • William Williams

  • Oliver Wolcott

  • Caesar Rodney

  • George Read

  • Thomas McKean

  • Button Gwinnett

  • Lyman Hall

  • George Walton

  • Samuel Chase

  • William Paca

  • Thomas Stone

  • Charles Carroll of Carrollton


  • John Hancock

  • Samuel Adams

  • John Adams

  • Robert Treat Paine

  • Elbridge Gerry

  • Josiah Bartlett

  • William Whipple

  • Matthew Thornton

  • Richard Stockton

  • John Witherspoon

  • Francis Hopkinson

  • John Hart

  • Abraham Clark
    (NEW YORK)

  • William Floyd

  • Philip Livingston

  • Francis Lewis

  • Lewis Morris

  • William Hooper
  • Joseph Hewes
  • John Penn

  • Robert Morris

  • Benjamin Rush

  • Benjamin Franklin

  • John Morton

  • George Clymer

  • James Smith

  • George Taylor

  • James Wilson

  • George Ross

  • Stephen Hopkins

  • William Ellery

  • Edward Rutledge

  • Thomas Heyward, Jr.

  • Thomas Lynch, Jr.

  • Arthur Middleton

  • George Wythe

  • Richard Henry Lee

  • Thomas Jefferson

  • Benjamin Harrison

  • Thomas Nelson, Jr.

  • Francis Lightfoot Lee

  • Carter Braxton

Who drafted it?
John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston was the committee chosen to draft the declaration.

Thomas Jefferson was chosen to write up the final Declaration.
What are the parts?
The Preamble-The introduction to the declaration that says that when people want to form their own country, they should explain their reasoning for it.
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

The Natural Rights-Lists 3 fundamental ideas based on the political theories philosopher John Locke stated in his book On Civil Government:
1. God made all men equal and they all have rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. “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.”
2. It’s the government’s job to protect these rights.
3. If the government tries to take these rights away, then the people are free to rebell against the government.

The Charges Against the King-Lists the colonists' grievances against the king. The Americans decided to protest against just the king instead of the entire British Parliament to gain sympathy from the rest of the British and other foreign countries. The British Parliament was elected by the people, but the British couldn’t choose their king. The colonists wanted to make it seem like the king was a dictator.

Resolution of Independence by the United States-States that the colonies shall form a new nation.
Where was it created?
It was drafted by Thomas Jefferson at the Graff  House in Philidelphia, Pennsylvania in 3 weeks.

It was signed in The State House in Philidelphia, Pennsylvania after some minor changes on July 4, 1776.
Where is it now?
The Rotunda of the National Archives in Washington D.C.

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