U.S. Declaration of Independence – Quiz

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The United States Declaration of Independence

 

The Declaration, considered the founding document of the United States of America. The former Colonies of America articulated their ideas that became the basis of the new nation. The decision to issue the Declaration was a unanimous one. Representatives of all thirteen colonies wanted to separate themselves from Great Britain.

The Declaration is separated into three primary parts. The Preamble, The Indictment and the Conclusion. The introduction to the main three parts gives the primary reason for the Declaration, or why the idea to separate from Great Britain had become the only choice of action the Colonies had left.

 

 

The Preamble of the Declaration states: “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”.  The Preamble outlined the general philosophy that justified the new government and the reasons for leaving their association with Great Britain.

 

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The Indictment, spells out 27 charges against the King of Great Britain. The Colonists felt, the King, violated their civil, political and natural rights. After years of negotiations, military skirmishes, and intolerable disrespect for the rights of the citizens living in the colonies, the prospects of outright war seemed imminent. Colonists felt that the repeated Petitions for Redress had been left unanswered. The Indictment ends with the assertion that the King was a tyrant and unfit to be the ruler of free people.

 

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Fifty-six signers, representing the 13 Colonies, signed the Declaration. The oldest signer was Benjamin Franklin, he was 70 years old. The youngest signer was Edward Rutledge of South Carolina, he was only 26 years old. The first person to sign the document and with the largest signature was Benjamin Franklin.

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