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The Declaration of Independence The Declaration has three parts: 1. a statement of purpose, including a description of basic human rights; 2. a list of specific complaints against King George III; 3. and a statement of the colonists determination to separate from Great Britain.
Key Principles of the Declaration of Independence Declaration of Independence 1)All men are created equal…(1776 definition?) 2)Men have unalienable rights; life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…from John Locke 3)Govt. is created among men…(social contract) 4)Men have the right to alter or abolish govt. 5)Men have the right to create new govt. based on their needs for today and the future
On June 7th, 1776 Richard Henry Lee brought the following resolution before the Second Continental Congress of the United Colonies: ``Resolved, That these 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 connection between them and the state of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.''
Section 2-1 John Hancock of Massachusetts, the president of the Continental Congress, was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. When he did, he wrote his name in very large letters, declaring, There, I guess King George will be able to read that! Even today, Americans often refer to a persons signature as a John Hancock.
Pulling Down the Statue of George III by William Walcutt A statue of George III, standing in the Bowling Green in New York City, was one of the first casualties of the American Revolution; colonists marked the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by pulling it down. Much of the metal was melted to make bullets, but in the twentieth century the head--largely intact--was unearthed in Connecticut. (Lafayette College Art Collection, Easton, Pennsylvania) Pulling Down the Statue of George III by William Walcutt
Statues of Saddam Hussein in Iraq after his dictatorship was toppled April 9, 2003 Iraqis danced and waved the country's pre-1991 flag in central Baghdad's Firdos Square after a U.S. Marine armored recovery vehicle helped topple the square's huge statue of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Iraqis had begun tearing down portraits of Saddam and throwing shoes -- a grave insult in the Arab world -- and chipping away at the base of the statue with sledgehammers after a column of Marines advanced into the square…