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Happy Independence Day!

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

It’s unusual that I post verbatim an item on both the North and South Carolina Genealogy sites (google doesn’t like duplication…) But… for this I’m making an exception!

I’m reposting the Declaration of Independence here in celebration of the events of 1776! Also, you might enjoy this reading of the declaration you can find at podcasts done by a portrayer of Thomas Jefferson (Bill Barker). (It may also be interesting to hear the rough draft of the declaration.)

Transcription of the Declaration of Independence, plus links to the Declaration at the National Archives.

This document, writted originally by Thomas Jefferson in June of 1776 documents the greivances that the colonists had against King George and asserts our right to be an independent state.

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.

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