Declaration of Independence of the United States of America - United States

Declaration of Independence of the United States of America

By United States

  • Release Date: 2006-11-01
  • Genre: United States
Score: 3.5
From 146 Ratings


It is a history book. The Declaration of Independence is the usual name of a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, regarded themselves as thirteen newly independent sovereign states, and no longer a part of the British Empire. Instead they formed a new nation—the United States of America. John Adams was a leader in pushing for independence, which was unanimously approved on July 2. A committee of five had already drafted the formal declaration, to be ready when Congress voted on independence. The term 'Declaration of Independence' is not used in the document itself. Adams persuaded the committee to select Thomas Jefferson to compose the original draft of the document, which Congress would edit to produce the final version. The Declaration was ultimately a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. The national birthday, Independence Day, is celebrated on July 4, although Adams wanted July 2. After ratifying the text on July 4, Congress issued the Declaration of Independence in several forms. It was initially published as the printed Dunlap broadside that was widely distributed and read to the public. The source copy used for this printing has been lost, and may have been a copy in Thomas Jefferson's hand. Jefferson's original draft, complete with changes made by John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, and Jefferson's notes of changes made by Congress, are preserved at the Library of Congress. The most famous version of the Declaration, a signed copy that is popularly regarded as the official document, is displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D. C. This engrossed copy was ordered by Congress on July 19, and signed primarily on August 2.


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    By Taspunky
    This isn't the Declaration of Independence
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    By dconnick
    I'd rate this entire system a minus? After downloading this book, several times, I continue to receive nothing but six pages of Introduction to the DofC. "WHERE'S THE MEAT?"
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    By dpbrick
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  • Declaration of Independence of the United States of America

    By wtj0114
    This is useless. There is no text and no link to any audio recording. DELETE.
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  • Not real

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    Not really the Declaration of Independence
  • The Declaration of Independence

    By Row25
  • Boring

    By gummibear4ever
    This was sooooooooo boring and stupid!!!!!
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  • Stupid

    By Cydus
    This isn't the declaration of independence