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    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 harrass 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 benefits 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 Brittish 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.
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