Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.


The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

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.

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The Continental Congress

In 1774, a group of delegates from the American colonies met in Philadelphia to discuss their grievances against the British Empire. This meeting of delegates is referred to as the First Continental Congress and resulted in a formal declaration of complaints against the British. This declaration of complaints was referred to as the Declaration of Rights and Grievances.

Failing to resolve their grievances with the British, delegates from the 13 colonies convened a Second Continental Congress on May 10, 1775. The most significant outcome of this gathering was the drafting of the Declaration of Independence. This historic document served as a formal declaration by the colonies to be free from British rule. The words expressed in the document also provided a foundation for the principles of liberty upon which the United States would be built.