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.
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, —
So begins the Declaration of Independence, drafted by Thomas Jefferson and signed by 56 men, who by their signatures declared themselves traitors, thus putting their lives on the line to start a new nation. Remember that has you put some mustard on that hotdog today. If you have not read the history you can go here and read more. If you have never read the document you can go here.
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