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Constitution Day: Declaration of Independence

All about the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Preamble to the Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence states the principles on which our government, and our identity as Americans, are based. Unlike the other founding documents, the Declaration of Independence is not legally binding, but it is powerful. Abraham Lincoln called it “a rebuke and a stumbling-block to tyranny and oppression.” It continues to inspire people around the world to fight for freedom and equality.


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National Archives

The information on this page was obtained from the National Archives website.

About the Declaration

What Does it Say?

The meaning of the document


How Did it Happen?

The history of the document


How Was it Made?

The creation of the parchment document


Where can I learn about the Declaration?


Read a Transcript

Declaration of Independence transcript


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