The United States Declaration of Independence




The Declaration of Independence was a document that was made to make every man, woman, and child in America free. This document was written & signed by the following , George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock, Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton, William Hopper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn, Edward Rotledge, Tomas Hayward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arther Middleton, Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Ben, Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton, Robert Morris, Ben Rush, Ben Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross, Ceaser Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean, William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris, Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark, Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Garry, Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery, Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott, & Matthew Thronton. The document was finished on July 4th 1776 and has served our country well.

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Why the Document was made



The U.S.A. Declaration of Independence was created to bring the 13 colonies of the future U.S.A. together as one country and so that peace would come to them instead of war between them. The colonies joining together was getting to be their only way out of unnesecarry taxes because before the Declaration was even made the 13 colonies were a part of the British Empire and they were charged tax for every thing even a little cup of tea. This was getting to be a really big problem so the 13 colonies decided to do something. So with that the Declaration of Independence was born. This was done to break away from the British empire.


Background


The Parliament Act of the British Empire


Once the document was in full power the 13 Colonies were at peace with each other which was a good thing sense the U.S. and Great Britain had been at war for over a years time sense the document had been signed. The two countrys were at war because of the "Seven Years Year" which ended in 1763, Britain was in deep debt after this war. All credit for the U.S. winning this war should go to the Declaration of Independence.During this time of debt in Great Britan a Parilament was passed that enabled a tax increase to be given to the colonies of the British Empire to try to get their goverment more money to get out of debt. The acts that the Parilament put into place was a stamp act of 1765 and the Townshend act of 1767. These acts were put in to place to get the colonies to pay more money so that they could stay part of the British Empire and so they out pay their debt.

Congress Coming Together


The Parliament sovereignty was getting to becoming a crisis in the British empire after the Parliament act got passed the Coercive Acts in 1774 that allowed Province Massachusetts & the people that partook in the Boston tea party were to be punished. A lot of people didn't like this because they saw it as a violation of the British Constitution and saw it also as a threat to in freedom of British America. America didn't like this either so they put together a Congress of their own and started a boycott of British goods coming to them. This resulted in only a "no" from their king.

Britain Trying To Get America Back


During and after the American Revolutionary war the people in Great Britain they still wanted America to come back to them which was really weird. Th Second Continental Congress tried to convince the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia to try to get them to say that they were going to be independent from then on but alas it failed every time until the Declaration of Independence. The Independence was declared at the Declaration because King George kept saying "No" to all their requests for freedom. In response on Oct. 17 1775 there was a rebellion issued to ensure their Independence, this was successful because they were thinking about getting foreign help to ensure the the rebellion went well.

Going for the Independence



Once the future U.S. decided to do somthing about the Great Britian problem the asigned 5 people to draft the document. These people were Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams Robert R. Livington and Roger Sherman., Noone knew how long it would take to get the draft made because there was no exact amount time said so it was just hope that it would get done. All in all the doccument was finished, signed and the 13 colonies were then known as the U.S.A.


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References


Garraty, John A. The Story of America. Austin, TX: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1994.
Sanger, Larry "Declaration of Independence" Wikipedia.org. 2001-2008. Aug, 31 2008<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/united_States_Declaration_of_Independence>
http://www.ushistory.org/Declaration/