Declaration of Independence

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When 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.

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. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by 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.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. 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. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by 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 dissolved; 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, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

— John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts:
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut:
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware:
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland:
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia:
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia:
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

 

107 responses to “Declaration of Independence

  1. I think that this is one of the most important pieces of writing in US history. It was not only a declaration of independence but also a declaration of war that showed that the former colonies would now work together as one body to oppose the British government. It also states why the colonies were rebelling.

  2. Even though the original intention of this declaration was to state that those who lived in the United States were never going to succumb to England’s demands. In a current sense i guess it can be interpreted differently or misinterpreted completely. Depending on how much you know about the people who wrote and signed this document, and what they did in that time.

  3. The use of famous people in this video was really eye catching to me and it really caught my interest. Morgan Freeman is one of my favorite actors, he speaks very powerfully and well. This video is a great way to better your knowledge on the Declaration of Independence.

  4. Ms. Houston has such an amazing voice! I never heard her sing before. I also enjoyed the video where Morgan Freeman talks about the history of the Declaration of Independence. Also, it is amazing that they rounded up many great actors to say the Declaration of Independence.

  5. Very important document in the history of the United States that pretty much told the world at the time that the thirteen colonies are now free and no more under the rule on England. Interestingly the freedom of the United States was only for white male land owners and no one else.

  6. I find the Declaration of Independence to be a very important attribute to American society. I like how now they reenacted this glorious moment in history by using diversity to show how things have changed over time.

  7. The declaration of Independence which was created by Thomas Jefferson is a great historical piece of history that every american should really explore and learn more about.

  8. These celebrities do a wonderful job reading this speech, and they do it with such power. Seeing the declaration of independence be read by multiple races and men and women is absolutely great to see since as Morgan Freeman stated, the authors would have never imagined that occurring. The declaration of independence is much more powerful spoken than read.

  9. I enjoyed seeing all of the different actors and people that are so different coming together to support one thing: The Declaration of Independence.

  10. I really enjoyed hearing the constitution read aloud. To me it truly makes a more powerful impact whenit is read aloud. When I read I find it boring and the lack of meaning to it.

  11. I find it amazing how the Founding Fathers created a document many years ago and it is still valid in present day America. Since the Declaration of Independence has been created it has needed little change and that amazes me because, how old it is. I like how it says everyman has the right to pursuit of happiness because, we have a capitalistic society and you are happy by what you accomplish and put into your pursuit of happiness.

  12. This is a magnificent portrayal of the principles which The United States of America was founded upon.

  13. The Declaration is so fantastically written. I am in awe every time I read it. It is a wonderful document that transcended its own time. Though their interpretation may have been different, as the Declaration speaks of freedom and yet the people owned slaves, this document still manages to use vocabulary that shifts as language and ideals shift in the future. Absolutely fantastic.

  14. I didn’t realize how many things the declaration of independence covers. It is one of those things that many people do not know exactly what it contains because they were never taught in most schools

  15. It touches the heart to hear these words spoken like this, the meaning has grown over the years but they are still some of the greatest word ever put together,

  16. Elise G. Richardson

    The Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson is a document of great importance to American then, and to America now. I have never heard to the whole document, and to have famous actors and actress recite it grabbed my attention even more.

  17. Elise G. Richardson

    It’s awesome to see how just one song can bring so much joy and excitement to an audience. Whitney Houston is a fabulous singer and did a great job of singing this song in a upbeat tone.

  18. Ms. Houston has such a gorgeous voice. I really enjoyed her performance and she is so pretty! I saw her in the “Body Guard” with Kevin Costner and she played a really great role. Excellent video!

  19. The Declaration of Independence a very important document that started The United States of America. Having famous people recite the Declaration of Independence grabbed my attention. I have never read through the Declaration, so this is my first time hearing all of it.

  20. “…Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” My preference would have been for the word “pursuit” in the Declaration of Independence to be as large font wise as John Hancocks signature. Perhaps then some Americans who feel a right to entitlements would be aware that there is no “right to be happy” but only a right to pursue it.

  21. The declaration of independece symbolize the birth of our nation and also the never ending struggle. The first 10 amendmendments also knowen as the bill of rights. These series of Amendments set down guidelines for the extent of justice and freedom here in America. Morgan Freeman’s voice is good at adding an emphasis to the importancy of this document. Most Americans don’t realize this , but these amendments still are protecting citizens wheather it be the right to bear arms or as a criminal as a right to a public and speedy trial.

  22. This video grabbed my attention when it said it mentioned that Morgan Freeman. Then Bam, they have Mel Gibson, Michael Douglas, Kathy Bates, and other renowned actors that were reading the Declaration. The Declaration truly is a powerful document that changed the face of America during the time it was issued. I would have enjoyed the video even more if the video had a mixture of well-known actors AND your normal everyday American.

  23. These actors that collaborated to make this video make it all the more enjoyable. Oddly enough, I can almost memorize the declaration because I can pin an actor’s face to the statements. The Declaration of Independence is a renowned document that captivates minds continually with its powerful words.

    • It looks like anything that Morgan Freeman is in turns to gold. Not only is utilizing actors to deliver this performance very clever, but notice that each one represents what America looks like. Per genius.

      • I enjoyed seeing Whitney Houston’s performance. She was one of the most gifted singers that have ever lived. I truly miss her. R.I.P. Whit.

  24. The different actors and actresses made the video more enjoyable. Each person reciting a part of the Declaration of Independent kept you from not getting bored from someone going on and on in the same monotone voice. Everyone knows of the Declaration of Independence but not many people know what it actually says and this video makes it easy to understand since its “performed.”

  25. The declaration of Independence was created by Thomas Jefferson to maintain freedom. It’s pretty cool seeing all the actors get together and to agree on one subject. Whether they were white, black, Asian or even woman everyone was able to talk about the Declaration of Independence. That is what Thomas Jefferson wanted to happen from this document. Whenever Morgan Freeman is in something, you know it’s going to be worth watching.

  26. I really like seeing famous actors contribute to such an important historical document, the declaration of independence. All men created equally having certain rights and among life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Its amazing how this document is so old yet its still being remembered and used today.

    • This was a really interesting video. It made me feel a sense of pride in our country when you hear the conviction in each of the actor’s voices. You can tell they really mean what they are reading and not just reciting from a script.

  27. I enjoyed watching this video. It’s sad to say, but I think having actors and actresses in the video presenting the Declaration of Independence grab the audiences attention more than having it be read by a history teacher or just reading the document by yourself. The Declaration of Independence is a powerful document and you could hear that power through the voices of the various actors and actresses in the video.

  28. It is crazy that all these famous people came together to explain the Declaration of Independence to us. I had no clue that those actors were that patriotic or that they even cared. Its nice to see that people with plenty of money and fame are doing things help this country. I think this video is well put together, and should be seen.

  29. The Declaration of Independence helped to outline our constitution and it helped to convince the people of our deserved freedom. The people were very sick of King George, and they made that clear. This document is one of the most important ever written for America and many people risked they lives to make it.

  30. I enjoyed this video I actually watched it more than twice already. All the actors and actresses in it grabbed my attention more about The Declaration of Independence. Never really paid attention until now probably because of Morgan Freeman!

  31. I liked this video because of all the actors and actresses in it, but I loved this video because it was very powerful. The Declaration of Independence is the most important American document. It “symbolizes the birth of our nation and the constant struggle to achieve its ideals.”
    America today scares me, who knows where we are heading. It seems like America is falling behind. Although these comments may be negative, this video was powerful and reminded me how much I should appreciate being an American.

  32. I really liked this video, and I do believe that the Declaration of Independence was meant to be recited with an audience. It was nice to see famous actors, including some of my favorite be a part of this video and narrate this important document.

  33. Hearing the words are just so powerful.
    I had to read along with them.
    I never understood the importance of the Declaration of Independence
    and for one man to have written it during the 1700s, amazing!
    Leads me to wonder about society today.
    As technology gets “smarter” mankind just stops thinking.
    Where are all the thinkers?

  34. I really enjoyed this video and it was helpful to hear the words being spoken while I read them at the same time. I think what is often forgotten about this declaration is that our founding fathers were trying to break away from the rule of an unfair monarchy. Even though it did not address the freedom of all individuals, it was a revolutionary document for it’s time.

  35. This was video was a good informative video. It tells what the declaration is and what is its purpose. I like how they used these famous people for this video it brought more dramatic effect to it.

  36. I feel like this whole video was a great idea. How it reinforces the idea of coming together and letting people know what the Declaration is. It being so dramatic, and having famous people be involved in this video, makes it more desirable to see. I genuinely did learn from this video, and am thankful for the creators of it.

  37. I really enjoyed this video because they chose actors that are different in so many was; religion, acting style, race, size, speaking styles and tones, and they spoke the words of the Declaration of Independance as they were written. I believe hearing the words spoke is more moving than just reading them from a piece of paper. This document was written to be spoke out loud.

  38. “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.”

    For various reasons, these words have such a powerful meaning behind them. Even simply reading them brings an overwhelming feeling to me. To be honest, I am quite fascinated with historical pieces, especially this one. The powerful diction used by these actors can create an emotional sense of pride for anyone who truly understands and appreciates this document. I thoroughly enjoyed this video and its purpose.

  39. I believe that the Declaration of Independence is a very important and powerful document in American History. It shows that we shouldn’t discriminate against each other and that we are all considered equal. It has helped shaped this country and has come a long way.

  40. The declaration of Independence is important for many different things. To me, the most important thing about it is that it sees every person equally. Every person is born the same and every person deserves to pursue happiness.

  41. This is a very important topic. A document like The Declaration of Independence should be understood by all citizens. But it’s not.
    it’s so upsetting to me.

  42. The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents thatAmerica contains it is also a ry influential document. The Decleration of Independence is a document that every president that the United States has will have to respect. It is what helped bring our country together.

  43. Morgan Freeman has extreme conviction in his voice which makes this video a very powerful thing to watch. Freeman touches on topics that are contraversal and commonly misunderstood. The founding fathers did own slaves, but the if you do read the declaration of independence and the US constitution the way it is worded is very broad and percise because they knew over time things would change.

  44. It takes courage for Mr. Freeman to touch on America’s despicable past with slavery. He poses the question, how could a slave owner write such an empowering document about freedom? America has come far with equality and has come to a point where all men-and women- have the rights talked about in this piece of writing. however, when the deceleration was written, there was a foggy view of what freedom is, and to have a slave owner write about freedom makes me believe that our nation was built slightly on hypocrisy.

  45. Well Morgan Freeman sure does have a powerful voice. I really enjoyed that video of the different actors giving the background and then reciting the Declaration of Independence. It truly is a remarkable document that has so far been unmatched.

  46. I’m very glade Morgan Freeman was able to explain the Declaration of Independence in the beginning because not only does he make a good point about a black man being able to do this but because I feel like he talkes about it with passion, witch can really grab a audience and make it feel interesting. It was very nice how not only did Morgan Freeman have passion while taking about the Declaration but so did all of the many people who were reading it off as well. It has so much more depth to it when you hear it read then trying to read it yourself.

  47. Morgan freeman says,”The real glory of the declaration of independence has been our nations epic struggle through out history to close the gap between the ideals of this remarkable document and the sometimes painful realities of American life” this is so important in all of Americas history. Things have been written, they have been promised and they have either prospered or failed. but our country should not quit fighting even when things don’t go as planned.

  48. one thing that stuck out to me in the beginning of the video is when Morgan Freeman says that “scholars believe Jefferson intended the Declaration to be performed, not just read, its words and rythms were meant to be spoken in proud and defiant tones in grand public places.” Its kind of sad that for the most part, the Declaration is not really performed the way Jefferson truly intended it to be.

    • The Declaration of Independence is a the most important document in America, and is very influential through out the world. We inspired the French revolution, Civil Rights Movements and countless others. The Declaration was the final resolve of free and political thought, in relation of people to government.

  49. It is sad that this is been read by Hollywood liberals. They definetely don’t know the meanings. and what our founding fathers had did for us.

  50. I enjoy the fsct that instead of being read, this constitution was declared. This allows us to truly understand the meaning of it and see the power we have as people of the United States

  51. I have read the Declaration of Independence in the past, and Morgan Freeman is absolutely correct. The document is more compelling when it is not read, but declared. Reading the document makes it seem dull and almost boring. Hearing the Declaration, brings life and a deeper sense of what I can describe as pride, to this hallowed document.

  52. This video is amazing! It’s interesting and extremely informative. many people these days do not know much, if anything, about where this country came from and the facts about who we are today. Having a variety of celebrities of different race and gender was a perfect example of how far America has come.

  53. Thanks to our founding fathers we are where we are. They are the ones who constructed our country to become strong and prideful. We have all these “privilages” that other countries don’t have. We have laws to protect our human rights when others or even the government wants to take advantage of us, but if there ever comes a time that they want to take our human rights things will surley be setteled at court.

  54. I honestly can say that without the inspiration of the Declaration of Independence and our founding fathers, America would be lost. Our founding fathers were not perfect which is normal, but without their leadership, justice and courage to stand up for the people in the constitution, would harsh slavery still exist? would Americans have the rights and freedoms that we have now? what type of government would we have? These are some questions we need to think about to truly understand what America has been through.

  55. Both videos were very moving and I could not keep my eyes off of them. The Declaration of Independence had such passion and I felt it, it’s hard to believe that this happened so many years ago and has made all the difference in the world. It makes me really proud to be American and to know my history and the struggles and obstacles our founding fathers had to overcome. It doesn’t seem like an easy task to step forward and separate from England, the mother country. If anything, it seems really intimidating but they did and here we are now today and those words they wrote so long ago probably mean more now than then. To withstand such a long period of time, is amazing. I’m thankful to live here.

  56. Videos such as these are useful for teachers because it helps students gain interest in certain topics, that they other wise would be uninterested in, by associating them with celebrities and other famous people. It makes me wonder though how much these celebrities actually know about American history. I think that having Morgan Freeman as the narrator was a great choice, he has ability of making almost any material sound interesting. The racial diversity shown in this film shows the Founding Father’s principle ” that all men are created equal.”

  57. I like the point Morgan Freeman makes at the very beginning on the video, when he says that the Declaration of Independence is meant to be spoken, but the authors never could imagine it being read by a black man, or women. In US History class, we of course studied this piece of literature, but watching this video did help me understand a few more things that I didn’t before.

  58. I really liked how this clip showed how the Declaration of Independence and the break away from Great Britain effected so many events through out history and in turn how those events gave promise to the importance of the Declaration of Independence. And I was very intrigued by the fact that the narrators came from numerous genders, races, and nationalities to show just how far we come from and all the ways we have developed as a free nation.

  59. I knew some info already about The Declaration of Independence but watch this video had gave me a better understanding and showed me a few things I did not know about.

  60. I agree the declaration is to be acted not just spoken or read.

  61. Thomas Jefferson was a courageous leader; all the founders of the country were, in writing the Declaration of Independence. They created our history. They were the governmental leaders as well as men that created and pushed a new way of thinking about the colonies. It’s incredible that the producer of this video was able to get so many famous people to participate in this video. This was how it was meant to be presented because many people then could not read. There is something about hearing these words versus reading the words. Almost in the same way that music flows, it’s more meaningful when heard not read.

  62. It is funny that taxation w/o representation and not being able to make laws concerning such trifles where one resides (or a great deal of people) are enough to roust a nation into war with the most powerful empire on the planet. It still took until 1865 to free the people, whose labor was directly building the infrastructure of our country, and another 100 years for racial equality. Same-sex marriage is still not allowed, and all while governments such as Libya, Liberia, Sudan, Syria, and countless others slay their own people to maintain their precious power. Why does America not fight for those who cannot? Did America not do so for the French in WWII, and eventually when Hitler’s concentration camps were discovered Americans liberated as much Jewish citizens as they could. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, we attempted to usurp Castro and horribly failed, but America did try. But with France, America needed ground, Cuba is off the American coast, of course they would try to help. Everyone else? Forget them! They don’t have anything we need, therefore of no use. Sure it’s sad when the Sudanese government turns it’s Russian-made Hinds on its citizenry, annihilating innocent people over religious belief (those responsible are known as the Janjaweed [Arabic for “man, horse, gun”]) who are armed by their government. The same can happen anywhere, given enough incentive by the oppressing forces.

  63. This video is very informative. Also I like that Morgan Freeman is explaining the Declaration of Indapendance. It always reminds me of Bruce Almighty. Anyway, this video is very interesting and I feel like I understand a bit more on this subject. Seeing as to the fact I want to be a history teacher.

    • Good for you! History is one of my favorite subjects. Most of your high school teachers probably didn’t know American history either if they were younger, and more likely, the text books didn’t include it due to the political climate in the country. zI would like to suggest some great teachers here at RCC–Ron Yoshino, Al Parker, or one of my favorite studentsfrom years ago before he received his PhD in History–Mike Seegar.

  64. This video was very interesting. I learned a lot about the Declaration of Independence that I never knew before. I had no idea the Declaration inspired many other important figures in American history such as, Abraham Lincoln and the women behind the Seneca Falls convention in 1848.

  65. This video is so amazing and interesting. There are lots of people who don’t even know anything of the declaration of independence. So this is the perfect video to watch and really learn what The Declaration really says.

  66. Wow! The video of the declaration of independence is so inspiring. To know now that the declaration of independence is what freed the slaves, gave women rights, and ended segregation is to know that there is hope for Americans to save ourselves from the government. What Obama is doing to this great country, we can put an end to by using our voice and presenting this declaration to the public. The only problem is, though, that too many people believe his lies and conform to political correctness.

  67. I didn’t realize how many things the Declaration of Independence inspired. If our founding fathers never got together and wrote this incredible document then a lot of the things that we are able to do today would not be allowed. I for one am very greatful for the Declaration of Independence.

  68. Morgan Freeman has a way of making you pay attention to his words. Imagine if slavery had been abolished while constructing the constitution. Its saddening to think that years of oppression could have been avoided if that clause had never been removed.

  69. This is my first time really paying attention to the Declaration of Independence. Morgan Freeman made the video a lot more interesting to pay attention too. Jefferson wanted to declaration to be performed and not just read by people. Everyone now a days, does not even pay attention to the declaration and we should bring that back into the world.

  70. this video shows the declaration is a great american document but theirs a lot of issues in todays society that are not addressed in it and morgan freeman did a good job here in this video.

  71. I had never paid attention to the Declaration of independence. this video was interesting and easy to understand.

  72. I had never paid attention to the declaration

  73. I have never heard or read the entire Declaration of Independence. This was a great video for me. I am glad that i watched this a listened and read along to this. It is such an important document and i am glad i have final read it.

  74. Wow, this video really grabbed my attention. I have never really sat down and read the declaration of independence before but this video really helped me understand what is really is all about.

  75. The Declaration of Independence is one of the oldest papers that is still used today. This article is the only Decoration is that is still used in todays’ time period. In 1776 Thomas Jefferson basically wrote the letter declaring freedom from the king. This article has influenced woman’s rights movement, Martin Luther King, and Abraham Lincoln. This article let American’s live in Liberty, Freedom, and the wright to Proper. This is why the United States of America is the only country that is still free.

    • The Declaration of Independence has been a document of which our country was built upon. Our government, every aspect of it, every principle has come from the Declaration of Independence. It shows Americans throughout history that as a whole one can overcome what is not popularly sovereign. Its a beautiful thing to know that something so old is still so important.

  76. The Declaration of Independence was the document that was the stepping stone to lead the country of the United States of America to the most powerful country in the world. Without the creation of this document the country that we know today would have never come into existence and the place that we call home would not be anything. This document is absolutely the most important document in American history, and Morgan Freeman does an excellent job narrating such a huge piece of history.

  77. The Declaration of Independence is an amazing piece of American history. The language used in this document was well though out as to not hinder its evolution nor restrict it. I wonder if Thomas Jefferson knew that what he was writing was going to be the infrastructure to what would become the greatest nation in the world.

  78. The Declaration left a lot of issues open ended. Not only was the declaration a chance for the founding fathers to to set a tone for the rhythm of the American nation, it was a an opportunity to leave room for growth and development.

  79. To create the Deceleration of Independence; one has to set aside their own beliefs as an individual and think of all humans, laws of nature, and the nature of God’s entitlement. Yes Thomas Jefferson owned slaves which contradicted his own standards. That shows times were different but the rules still apply today. America has grown to uphold the Deceleration till this day. It is a very important piece of America and quite a beautiful piece.

  80. The Declations of Independence is a great important piece in the American Society. It states how all people are created equally and have the right to persue happiness. I believe that the statements in this document is very important to understand and live by.

  81. The Declaration of Independence, as written by Thomas Jefferson, is a great piece of work because of the fact that it marks the beginning of the United States of America. I believe that Jefferson really believed in the equality of all people, regardless of their sex or race. I believe he owned slaves because it was so common at that period of time, and that in writing the declaration I believe he hoped to awaken the people living in the colonies to the truth about how ugly the institution of slavery really was.

  82. I believe that as Americans we take advantage of what we have. But I think that it is awful that Americans (most, not all) take advantage most of all of the Declaration of Independence. After all, it is what gave us our freedom in the first place. It is more than just world on paper; it is our freedom etched into history.

  83. The declaration of independence is an important piece of history that says how men should be treated and the equality the men deserve. It is a letter to show England how Americans should be treated and of how we broke away from England.

  84. The Declaration of Independence is a very important document in our history; it allows us to have a lot of these rights that we have today. I think many people do take for granted the rights that we have in our country. They really need to appreciate these rights that we have in the United States because a lot of people in other countries do not have these rights and would do anything to have them.

  85. “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.” This very popular line sparks a memory of hearing contents of the Declaration of Independence for the first time in elementary school, along with reflecting on how lucky we are to have rights that so many citizens of other countries are not allowed to have. Along with documents, our country has developed long lasting songs with lyrics that include sections of documents such as The Declaration of Independence. Whitney Houston singing the Star Spangled Banner is chilling and when this song or another American classic is performed at a public event, it acts as a subtle reminder to all of us of the freedom we have, to be able to go out and enjoy ourselves in the USA. It is interesting that even though the Declaration of Independence is a document stating the equality of mankind, as Morgan Freeman said in the video, there was no specific mentioning of slaves, African-Americans or women. If it wasn’t for this document, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, Martin Luther King’s civil rights movement, or the right for women to vote might have never evolved or possibly ever been carried out by Americans. Thomas Jefferson created this historical document, but he did not adopt these same principles as he owned slaves himself. The Declaration of Independence is still deeply attached to the ongoing symbolism of the birth of the United States as a nation.

  86. Thomas Jerson drafted the Declaration of Indepence in 1776. The purpose of the Declaration of Indepence document was to state why the colonies were leaving England and among other things like freedom of humans and women rights.

  87. The Declaration of Independence is an important document that still guides us as a country today. It’s form of documentation was well thought out by our founding fathers and helps our country remain civilized through every decision congress makes. It helps our country remain a free place to express desires and needs, and have the freedom to be able to take action of our own lives.

  88. It amazes me how important the Declaration is as a document. Also how if it wasn’t for these few great minds of past once considered colonist could get their community to rise up against a tyrant. A tyrant that has so much power. Power is not what wins wars and revolutions in my opinion. It is the will of the people and their drive to brake free from their bonds. Every article of the that Thomas Jefferson was is best attempt to keep any governing party to find a loop hole in them to still wield some form of power over a colony wanting to make a new nation. I truly is inspiring the story behind the declaration and from it, how the world has changed. Once a small colony of farmers and tradesmen has now become a world power. It amazes me how much can be learned by researching this past event as well as now knowing that Thomas Jefferson had red hair.

  89. The Declaration of Independence is a document that our Thomas Jefferson wrote together as a way to guide our future. Even though Jefferson himself owned slaves but he wrote such an amazing document as a way to “symbolize the birth of our nation” and a “constant struggle to achieve its ideals.” I agree with this because it inspired several famous events in history and it serves as an inspiration for future events.

  90. I admire Thomas Jefferson’s belief in equality. I believe that age, gender, sexuality, race, wealth and religion shouldn’t divide the country as much as it does. I’m glad that Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence so it can remind individuals that these subjects shouldn’t get in the way of anybody’s rights.

  91. These words are not just to govern us people, but to give us inspiration to move forward and take control of our lives as citizens. Every time I listen, write, and say those words it gives me hope and makes me proud to be an American of the United States.

  92. The Declaration of Independence is an extremely important document in American hisory. Even though Jefferson did not necessarily follow the principles that he wrote about, the Declaration still shaped this country. Everyone should know the content of the Declaration and appreciate it.

  93. Such an amazing document. It has inspired so many things: Independence of this great nation, Martin Luther King civil rights, The French Revolution, Abraham Lincoln’s emancipation proclamation, and Women’s rights. Watching this clip gives me chills and makes me proud to be an American.

  94. Wow, what a powerful document! I, as well as many other Americans I’m sure, have never actually paid attention to the actual words in The Declaration of Independence before. This is a very moving video an really made me think about what The Declaration really says.

  95. I love when Morgan Freeman says, “If this Revolutionary War is to be won, thousands of farmers and tradesmen must be persuaded to take up arms and fight, and they do.” This quote alone shows the perseverance and determination of the people to save their nation. It is inspiring to realize that those farmers and tradesmen dropped everything they were doing in order to save what they loved. I also loved how this video sums up the Declaration of Independence for those who may not know what it is.

  96. The decleration of Independence is a very important document because it shows us the rights that we as citizend have. One of my favorites is in the begining of the document were it states “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”. I like this right because it shows me that i shopuldnt discriminate against other we are all the same.

  97. The Declaration of Independence is a document that was written by Thomas Jefferson. It expresses the freedom men should have, which is being free from the government. Some main ideas The Declaration points out are that men should not be oppressed and have rights as citizens which both fall into the main idea of equality. Jefferson wrote The Declaration of Independence to fight against unjust treatment and to fight for the human rights.

  98. This video is shows the time and effort that our founding fathers put into making life better for people in America. I bet many Americans don’t really know what the Declaration of Independence is really about. If you really think abbout it, it is a letter to the King of England.

  99. Interpretation is relied upon heavily for this document. Thomas Jefferson may have very well have written this masterful work, but he himself did not apply these principles to his own life because he owned slaves. That goes against the very nature of this piece. So, ones own ideals and morals can warp their view.

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