Declaration of Independence
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. This is a state paper issued by the congress of
the United States of America, in the name and by the authority of the
people, on the fourth day of July, 17 76, wherein are set forth:
2.-1. Certain natural and unalienable rights of man; the uses and
purposes of governments the right of the people to institute or to abolish
them; the sufferings of the colonies, and their right to withdraw from the
tyranny of the king of Great Britain.
3.-2. The various acts of tyranny of the British Icing.
4.-3. The petitions for redress of these injuries, and the refusal.
to redress them; the recital of an appeal to the people of "Great Britain,
and of their being deaf to the voice of justice and consanguinity.
5.-4. An appeal to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude
of the intentions of the representatives.
6.-5. A declaration that the United Colonies are, and of right ought
to be, free and independent states; that they are absolved from all
allegiance to the British crown, and that all political connexion between
them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be dissolved.
7.-6. A pledge by the representatives to each other, of their lives,
their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
8. The effect of this declaration was the establishment of the
government of the United States as free and independent) and thenceforth the
people of Great Britain have been held, as the rest of mankind, enemies in
war, in peace friends.