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Thomas Jefferson

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At a Glance

The Declaration of Independence, along with the Constitution and its Bill of Rights, is a foundational document for the United States government and its history. The declaration was written to justify the American Continental Congress's decision to secede from the British Empire. The declaration is not a law, but many historians agree it heavily influenced the Constitution and the Bill of Rights on which the U.S. government rests.

About the Title

The Declaration of Independence is a statement of separation from Great Britain by the American colonies. Its official title, "The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America," is generally abbreviated for ease of use.


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