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the Unanimous Declaration of
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 Public declarations spark change!




How and what does the
     Declaration of Independence
                         communicate?
The committee chosen to write the declaration was made up of


Thomas Jefferson
Roger Sherman
Benjamin Franklin
Robert R. Livingston
John Adams




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                                            Jefferson wrote the first draft.




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                        Franklin and Adams then made a few changes.
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That draft was revised by Congress and then adopted and signed.
Signatures




                George Wythe
  Virginia    Richard Henry Lee
 Delegates
                Th. Jefferson
                Benj. Harrison
                Thos Nelson jr.
             Francis Lightfoot Lee
                Carter Braxton
  Some other famous folks:


                                           John Hancock:
                                           president of the
                                          Congress, largest
                                          signature on the
                                             Declaration




                                  John Adams: Massachusetts
Benjamin Franklin: Pennsylvania           delegate
           delegate
The Declaration can be divided into 4 sections:

• Introduction/Preamble

• Indictment of the King

• Denunciation of the British People

• Conclusion
 Public declarations spark change!




How and what does the
     Declaration of Independence
                         communicate?
                       Declaration of Independence, July 4th, 1776
     painted by J. Trumbull; engraved by W. L. Ormsby, New York




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                        I am not an advocate for frequent
                        changes in laws and constitutions,
                        but laws and institutions must go
                        hand in hand with the progress of the
                        human mind. As that becomes more
                        developed, more enlightened, as new
                        discoveries are made, new truths
                        discovered and manners and
                        opinions change, with the change of
                        circumstances, institutions must
                        advance also to keep pace with the
times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which
fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under
the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.
 Thomas Jefferson, quoted on the Jefferson Memorial
• Tyrant: A harsh or cruel absolute ruler

• Abuse: The act of treating someone
  wrongly or badly; especially if it is to the
  abuser’s advantage

• Right: A proper, just claim

				
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