• Annotated Full Text
  • Publication Date: 1776
  • Flesch-Kincaid Level: 18
  • Approx. Reading Time: 7 minutes
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The Declaration of Independence of the United States of America

On July 4th, 1776, representatives from the thirteen American colonies assembled and signed a declaration of their independence from Great Britain. Although several members of the Continental Congress contributed to the content of the declaration, Thomas Jefferson is credited with penning the document. The declaration not only severed ties between the American colonies and the British Empire, but also laid the foundation on which the young nation’s government would establish itself. Part statement of grievances, part social contract, the Declaration of Independence presents a clear, honest perspective on the injustices King George III of England had committed against the colonies. As one of the foundational texts of the United States Government, the Declaration of Independence is commonly referenced in speeches, legislation, and serves as inspiration for new policies. The language of the Declaration of Independence asserts essential human values independent of race, color, and creed, and so has inspired countless colonies and oppressed groups to rise and seize their own independence.

  • Annotated Full Text
  • Publication Date: 1776
  • Flesch-Kincaid Level: 18
  • Approx. Reading Time: 7 minutes