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Declaration of Independence

The American Revolution was both a war for independence and a conflict that gave rise to a new society and political culture. The Declaration of Independence was the document in which the people of the thirteen British North American colonies declared their separation from Great Britain and set forth the broad principles on which America built, and continued to build, the nation. Un-happy with the way in which the British government was ruling the colonies, the colonists began the Revolutionary War in April 1775 to establish their rights within the British Empire. Later, many of them began to call for outright independence, resulting in the formal adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Second Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia.

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When the colonists began their revolt against Great Britain, they did not initially seek independence. However, they...

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