The Declaration of Independence
By: Emma, Emma, Brigitte, Jordana and Sean

The Declaration of Independence was a huge step towards America becoming its own nation. It was a document that many Patriots signed and sent to the English king to become a free country. Thomas Jefferson was one who had a great mind and put all his effort into writing one of the most famous documents in American history. The Declaration of Independence stated that all men have equal rights and that America is an independent nation. The news of the Declaration of Independence spread quickly across the colonies, and because of it people would gather in the hundreds to hear a reading from the document. The British were outraged by the Americans, “Thinking that they could separate from the British”, how dare they! But by that time, America was independent was planned on staying it.




By Emma Bu

1. Article: Who Signed the Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence was an important document written in 1776 by Thomas Jefferson to declare the colonies independent from Britain. It was signed by 56 delegates from all the 13 colonies. These people were so brave- freedom was latent, and the delegates took a great risk by signing the document. Although there were only a handful of people that signed the document, their actions changed the lives of so many. The youngest person to sign the Declaration of Independence was Edward Rutledge at age 26, and the oldest person was Benjamin Franklin and age 70. Two future presidents signed- John Adams, the second president, and Thomas Jefferson, the third president. Although George Washington was a very important part of the war and he was completely for independence, he did not sign the Declaration of Independence. Originally, he was part of the Continental Congress, however he was not able to participate after he was appointed commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. When these men signed the Declaration of Independence, they knew it would cost them. Some of these signers were tortured by the British, or had to go into hiding. Many lost all of their money and property- they had to live in malaise, because any minute, the British could turn their lives upside-down. These people sacrificed their lives so that today, we can live in freedom. Clearly, the actions of one person can greatly influence events.
2. Vocabulary
Latent: potential- there, but not yet visible
Malaise: a feeling of unease
Continental Congress: a group of delegates from the 13 colonies that made important decisions for the colonies
Continental Army: an army formed by colonists from all 13 colonies and led by George Washington
Delegates: somebody who is chosen to represent another group of people

3. Pictures with Captions
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This is a picture of the actual document "The Declaration of Independence. At the bottom, you can see the signatures of the Continental Congress.
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This is a picture of Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson as the Declaration of Independence was being written.


4. Link to Another Site
To find out more about the Declaration of Independence and who signed it, you can go to http://www.ushistory.org/Declaration/signers/index.htm.


5. Primary Source Document
I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection
-Thomas Paine
This quote by Thomas Paine describes exactly what the Patriots did- they kept fighting when there was virtually no chance, and they believed in their cause even when it seemed like there was no hope. The Patriots never gave up, and it paid off in the end. It also describes our country today- we unite during bad times and become stronger together. We also look back at the mistakes we made, and figure out what we should do differently to succeed. Overall, this quote perfectly describes our nation today, as well as during the Revolutionary War.





6. Differentiated
10 Fun Facts
1. The Declaration of Independence was written in 1776.
2. The Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson.
3. Fifty-six delegates from the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence.
4. The oldest person to sign the Declaration of Independence was Benjamin Franklin at 70 years old.
5. The youngest person to sign the Declaration of Independence was Edward Rutledge at 26 years old.
6. George Washington did not sign the Declaration of Independence.
7. The second and third presidents, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both signed the Declaration of Independence.
8. John Hancock signed his name on the Declaration of Independence first and also had the biggest signature.
9. You can go see the Declaration of Independence today in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
10. The Declaration of Independence was an important step towards freedom for the colonies.

7. Works Cited
Kindig, Thomas. "Signers of the Declaration of Independence." (2011): n. pag. Web. 31 Jan 2011. <http://www.ushistory.org/Declaration/signers/index.htm>.
"Declaration of Independence." (1996): n. pag. Web. 31 Jan 2011. http://www.barefootsworld.net/doi1776.html.

By Emma Bu







Great Britain was obviously very annoyed with this declaration of Independence and they thought that sending soldiers was the right action to take. It was not enough though, because the Americans wanted freedom from England and against the odds of they were able to combat them.



By: Brigitte


1.) Article:

What Was In The Declaration of Independence?
The Declaration of Independence was written to voice the reasons to separate from Great Britain. The Declaration of Independence included the principles of government that the United States would be built upon. Laying the foundation for the new nation was not easy. There were six sections to the Declaration. First, the ‘Preamble’, then the section named, ‘The Right of the People to Control Their Government’, followed by the ‘Tyrannical Acts of the British King’ and then after that comes the ‘Efforts of the Colonies to Avoid Separation’ and last, but certainly not least, ‘The Colonies are Declared Free and Independent’. The ‘Preamble’ is an introductory paragraph to the entire document. In the ‘Rights of the People to Control Their Government’ you learn that John Locke projected the early ideas of democracy. Reading the ‘Tyrannical Acts of the British King’ you see the list of 27 offenses by the British King including usurpations. In the ‘Efforts of the Colonies to Avoid Separation’ you see that the colonies did not want to acquiesce to make their own nation because the colonists tried to avoid separating from the British. You’ll learn from reading ‘The Colonies are Declared Free and Independent’ that the Americans are prepared to go to war for our freedom and make alliances with other countries then set up an economic system along with a free government. The main message of the Declaration of Independence is that all men are born with unalienable rights and no man, or country, should rule over another.


2.) Vocabulary:

-democracy: a form of government in which the people rule
-usurpations: unjust seizures of power
-acquiesce: accept without protest
-alliances: an agreement
-unalienable: unable to be taken away


3.) Pictures


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These people wrote the Declaration of Independence.
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This is the Declaration of Independence



4.) Visit this link and read all about the Declaration of Independence:
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration.html


5.) This is the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence:
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.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

6.) 10 Fun Facts
1. The Declaration of Independence was written in July of 1776.
2. The Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson.
3. The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men.
4. The Declaration of Independence was sent to Great Britain.
5. The youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence was Edward Rutledge.
6. The oldest signer of the Declaration of Independence was Benjamin Franklin.
7. The Declaration of Independence did not say “United States” it said “States of America.”
8. The Declaration of Independence was an act of the Second Continental Congress.
9. The Declaration of Independence is considered to be the founding document of the United States.
10. The Declaration of Independence is on display in the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington DC.


7.) Works Cited:

By: Brigitte


-Jordana cohen

Article: Thomas Jefferson

1- Thomas Jefferson was the one who in which wrote the Declaration of Independence. He was born Aprial 13th 1743 at Shadwell Virginia, and died July 4th 1826. Thomas, elected to the second Continental Congess was appointed on, June 11, 1776 to prepare and write the Declaration of Independence. When writtting the Declartion of Independence there was a lot of information that was deleted and edited. The drafts were edited by two men that signed the Declaration of Independence, (Benjamin Franklin and John Adams.) Although they edited the text, Thomas Jefferson was the actual author and the amazing man who wrote this famous peice of writting."Neither aiming at originality of principle or sentiment, nor yet copied from any particular and previous writing, it was intended to be an expression of the American mind." – Thomas Jefferson




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Declaration of Independence- An act/document by which the Second Continental Congress, on July 4, 1776, declared the Colonists to be free and independent.

Continental Congress- The legislative assembly composed of delegates from the colonies.

Patriot-against the British

Loyalist- was loyal tot he British

Neutalist- someone who agreed with a different side depending on the argument
Abolish- To get rid of



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This is a potrait of Thomas Jefferson

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This is a picture of the actual document “Declaration of Independence.”

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This is a picture of Thomas Jefferson writting the, “Declaration of Independence”

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This is a link to another site
http://www.worldbookonline.com/student/article?id=ar286800&st=thomas+jefferson
http://www.revolutionary-war-and-beyond.com/facts-on-thomas-jefferson.html




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This is part of the actual famous piece of writing, “The Declaration of Independence.”

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IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776The 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.
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. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.




The Declaration of Independence declared freedom for the patriots. In these few paragraphs thomas Jefferson mentioned that everyone should have rights. Also he said that there should be peace among people. If the government tries to take away this freedom, then the government should be abolishe, (taken away.) Overall, Thomas Jefferson’s main point in this peice of writting was that people should have rights, such rights include, life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.



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11 Fun Facts!!!!!!!!!
· Governor of Virginia
· Thomas Jefferson was elected the third President of the United States
· Mother - Jane Randolph, born 1720, died1776
· Father - Peter Jefferson, born February 29, 1708, died August 17, 1757
· Father was a planter
· 3rd of 10 children, two died in childhood
· In 1752 at age 9, Jefferson began attending a local school
· 1760 at age 16 entered College of William and Mary in Williamsburg
· Served as secretary of state under George Washington
· Served as president from 1801 to 1809.
· He was a big part in American history





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Works Cited!!!!!

-Creating America textbook
-Grolier online
-World book Online



-Jordana cohen




Sean Hansen

How did the Declaration of independence influence the world?
Article:
When the Declaration of independence was finished and sent to the king, America became fully independent. Soon, the word passed on into France and they took the old saying “no taxation without representation” and used it in their country. The French had a lot of debt from helping the Americans in their revolution so they had to be taxed. The French soon followed the Americans did their own thing and then they to became independent. Later the Declaration of independence inspired other nations to be independent. Spain, Germany, Australia, Israel, and Japan, and many other nations were all influenced to become fully independent, and it all started with one single document.


Vocab:
Revolution: the over through of an established government by the people.
Independent: not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion.
Debt: something that is owned or that is bound to pay for.
Nation: a large body of people associated with a particular territory.
Declaration of Independence: a document that made America independent.






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The declaration of independence.

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This is where the congress signed the declaration of independence.

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Thomas Jefferson writing the declaration of independence



Primary source document:
We hold these truths to be self evident that everyone is born equal and with unaliable rights that are and forever will be
life, liberty, and the pursuit of happieness.


Work cited:
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_did_the_Declaration_of_Independence_impact_the_world

Fun facts:
1. Thomas Jefferson was told to write the declaration of independence
2. The declaration of independence was written in 1776
3. The declaration of independence took 17 days to write
4. The declaration of independence was made up of 3 parts the opening statements, the wrongs of the king, and colonists wanting independence
5. John Hancock signed the declaration of independence really big so the king would not have trouble reading it.
6. Ben Franklin and John Adams helped write the declaration of independence
7. The congress signed the Declaration of Independence on July/4/1776
8. The Declaration of Independence was written on parchment
9. The oldest person to write sign the Declaration of Independence was Ben Franklin
10. There are currently 26 copies of the Declaration of independence









10 Fun Facts
1. Thomas ­­­blank wrote the Declaration of Independence.
2. It took blank days to write the Declaration of Independence.
3. The Declaration of Independence was written in blank.
4. Fifty-six blank from the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence.
5. The ­­­­­ blank signer of the Declaration of Independence was Edward Rutledge.
6. The blank signer of the Declaration of Independence was Benjamin Franklin.
7. Thomas Jefferson was elected the blank President of the United States
8. The Declaration of Independence is on display in the National Archives and Records Administration in blank.
9. The Declaration of Independence was an act of the blank Continental Congress
10. The Declaration of Independence did not say “United States” it said “blank.”