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Questions abou the Declaration

Thomas Jefferson

main author of the Declaration

Thomas Paine

Author of 'Common Sense' which inspired American to fight for their independence


Introduction - explains the need for writing the Declaration


an introduction

Protection of Natural Rights

"All men are created equal....Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

Protection of Natural Rights

If a government fails to protect peoples natural rights, the people have a right to reject it

Protection of Natural Rights

Most inspiring and influential section of the Declaration. Discusses the unalienable rights all people should have.

Grievances against the King

A long, formal list of complaints against the King.

Grievances against the King

"For cutting of our trade with all parts of the world; For imposing taxes on us without our consent"

Dissolving the Bonds

American colonists formally annouce their separation from Britain

Dissolving the Bonds - Declaring Independence

Final section of the Declaration

Dissolving the Bonds - Declaring Independence

The colonies are "free and independent states....and that all political connection between them and the state of G. Britain is, and ought to be totally dissolved."

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