How the Declaration of Independence helped and affected the American Revolution. With Works Cited.

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I. Introduction

During elementary school years, many kids memorize lines from the Declaration of Independence. Although they may not know at the time, they grow up realizing that the Declaration of Independence was one of the greatest aspects of the American Revolution.

Research Statement/Purpose

The Declaration of Independence was a remarkable document that gave people a hope in tomorrow that someday they would run their own government apart from the British.

Background of the Problem

Every Fourth of July, people celebrate with fireworks and the colors of red, white, and blue. Yet, several do not recognize the importance of the day. On the July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was certified. The colonists were now sure that they would one day be self-governed. Although five diverse people put their thoughts, time, effort, and ideas into the document, Thomas Jefferson is known as the author. Over forty people signed the Declaration of Independence.

"Contrary to popular belief, the Declaration of Independence was not signed by the Founders on July 4, 1776. On June 28, the committee of five presented a report to the Continental Congress. The report included a copy of Jefferson's Declaration of Independence, with revisions made by the committee. On July 2, 1776, Congress passed Richard Henry Lee's resolution calling for American independence. On the second and third day of July, Congress debated and edited the committee's Declaration of Independence. On July 4 they finished editing and passed the final version of the Declaration of Independence we know today. That is why we celebrate the Fourth of July as 'Independence Day.' " (User's Guide 1)

Research Questions

What does the Declaration mean for all of us? How did it assist the American Revolution?


Imagine, such a document that has been so important to us for over two...