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Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

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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.

We hold these truths to be self-evident…

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Full text of the Declaration of Independence from the National Archives

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

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'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. ...' Transcription of the Declaration of Independence from the National Archives

Words that changed the world

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"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." Read the transcription of the full document of the Declaration of Independence.
Segment of John Trumbull's 12-by 18-foot painting of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which hangs in the Capitol Rotunda

‘We hold these truths to be self-evident…’

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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...
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