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repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here...They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore...which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we holdthe rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled... do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, 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 1)Close Reading: According to lines 1 - 13, what have colonists done before this Declaration of Independence to address their concerns? How did Great Britain respond? The colonists had petitioned in the most humble terms. But Great Britain answered only by repeated injury.2)Close Reading: According to lines 15 - 28, what are the colonists now doing or declaring in response to the grievances? They solemnly declare that the colonies should be free and independent.3)Close Reading: Does the United States declare war onEngland? Why might this be of note?
25262728dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration... we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.The US declared war against Great Britain in 1812.