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The Declaration of Independence was largely written by Thomas Jefferson. It announced that theAmericancolonies, then at war withGreat Britain, regarded themselves as independent states, and no longer a part of theBritish Empire.The lead up of declaration began at 1774 when Parliament refused to repeal the American duty on tea and passedCoercive Acts to force Massachusetts to pay for the tea. Patriot leaders formed the Continental Congress from 12mainland colonies.The colonies said they must “hang together or will each hang separately.”A majority ofdelegates passed a Declaration of Rights and Grievances and repudiated Declaratory Act of 1766. The Congressapproved a program of economic retaliation that Americans would stop importing British goods in 1774. Yet, afterthe actual exchange of fire power between U.K. soldiers and U.S. colonies, the second meeting of ContinentalCongress formed national army and lead by George Washington.Later on, British immigrant Thomas Paine published "Common Sense"in January 1776. In Common Sense, hesaid that “ a continental form of government, can keep the peace of the continent and preserve it inviolate from civilwars.” He complained

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Term
Fall
Professor
POWELL
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History, Common Sense, United States Declaration of Independence, Continental Congress, American Declaration

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