“…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…”
The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress on this date in 1776. It is 236 years old.
The document was written by Thomas Jefferson with help from the “Committee of Five” (Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman). It announced that the thirteen American colonies had severed ties from the British Empire.
For the full text of the Declaration of Independence go HERE. Links to the full text of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights can also be found on that page.