What Is the Declaration of Independence? Part of the Who Was Series

By Michael C. Harris

What is the Declaration of Independence?

It announced that the thirteen colonies were splitting from Great Britain

The signers of the declaration risked being put to death as traitors

It continues to inspire people all around the world who yearn for freedom


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On a hot summer day near Philadelphia in 1776, Thomas Jefferson sat at his desk and wrote furiously until early the next morning. He was drafting the Declaration of Independence, a document that would sever this country’s ties with Britain and announce a new nation—The United States of America. Colonists were willing to risk their lives for freedom, and the Declaration of Independence made that official. Discover the true story of one of the most radical and uplifting documents in history and follow the action that fueled the Revolutionary War.

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Weight 5 oz
Dimensions 5.51 × .2 × 7.63 in