DOI Presentation

Main Author: Thomas Jefferson
Written in Philadelphia at Independence Hall
Accepted July 4, 1776
Although Thomas
Jefferson was the
main author, here is
Benjamin Franklin
editing a draft by
1. “When in the course of human events, it
becomes necessary for one people to dissolve
the political bands which have connected
them with another…”
“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
◦ Social Contract
◦ All men really equal?
◦ Unalienable: cannot be taken away
A huge list of all the wrongs King George III
has done to the colonies.
◦ “He has…...”
◦ This is the longest part of the Declaration
“These united colonies are, and of right,
ought to be free and independent states.”
The Declaration was written to tell the WORLD
the colonies are now free
56 Men signed the Declaration
People were scared to sign it because it
was a “Traitors List”
They would be hunted down by the British
Benjamin Franklin’s quote: “We must all
hang together, or assuredly we shall all
hang separately.”
John Hancock
stepped up and was
the first to sign his
name and said
“There now the king
can read my name
without his
Before the Declaration, colonists were
fighting for their rights, such as gaining a
representative in Parliament.
After the Declaration, colonists were fighting
for their independence.