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Declaration of Independence Analysis ObjectiveWhat did the Declaration of Independence actually declare? Background on the Declaration of IndependenceThe Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphiaon July 4, 1776. The document announced that the thirteen American colonies were at war with the kingdom of Great Britain, and that they regarded themselves as a newly independent nation. The document has four main parts - an introduction, a preamble that outlines a general philosophy of government, an indictment or list of particular charges or grievances against the King of England, and finally a denunciation that made the case for independence. Document Pre-Analysis: Watch this videoand answer the two guiding questions below. 1)Who are the colonists addressing this song towards? Cite one piece of evidence from the video that led you to reach this conclusion. The colonists are addressing Great Britain in this video. One piece of evidence from the video that led me to reach this conclusion is “Screaming across the waves, you can’t hear a sound.” 2)Why do you think it is “too late to apologize”? What has Great Britain done that the colonists feel it is “too late”? I think it is “too late to apologize” because Great Britain has done too much harm and angered the colonists so much to the point that they won’t accept the apology and go back to the way things were.
Primary Source: Declaration of IndependencePreamble 1 23456789101112131415161718192021When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.