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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How many of the original 13 Colonies voted for the U.S. Constitution?Correct
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On what day was the Declaration of Independence adopted?Correct
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Who of the following list was NOT one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence?Correct
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Who was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence?Correct
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50 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, 2 signers died on the same day, who were they?Correct
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1 out of 8 signers were educated at what University?Correct
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How many of the original signers of the Declaration of Independence was born in the United States or the Colonies?Correct
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On what day, when, did the Continental Congress actually pass the resolution for independence?Correct
The final wording of the formal Declaration of Independence was approved on July 4, 1776, so that is the date that has traditionally been celebrated instead.
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After the Declaration of Independence, what document did the U.S. operate under before the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1787?Correct
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Which one of the following states was not one of the original Thirteen Colonies/States?Correct
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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.
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.