What do I need to know about the
Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776?
1. It stated that, “all men are created equal” with three
... “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” These
are Enlightenment ideas stemming from
John Locke in
2. The document included a long list of grievances against
King George III.
3. At the end, there was a formal declaration of war against
The document declared independence, and that the United States
was a free nation. NOTE: The Declaration did not contain
binding and enforced laws like the Constitution does.
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