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Declaration of Independence

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Thomas Jefferson
main author of the Declaration
Thomas Paine
Author of 'Common Sense' which inspired American to fight for their independence
Preamble
Introduction - explains the need for writing the Declaration
Preamble
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."