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Title: Declaration of Independence


1
Declaration of Independence
2
Which delegate was chosen to write the
Declaration of Independence?
  • Thomas Jefferson

3
On what date did the Congress adopt the
Declaration of Independence?
  • July 4, 1776

4
Who was the first person to sign the Declaration
of Independence?
  • John Hancock

5
Why did Hancock write his name so large?
  • So the king could read his name without wearing
    his spectacles.

6
What unalienable rights does the Declaration say
people have?
  • Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

7
What did Benjamin Franklin mean when he said,
Gentlemen, we must all hang together or else we
shall all hang separately?
  • He meant that all the colonies had to join
    together against Britain, or else each member of
    the Congress would be hanged for treason

8
What is one of the most important differences
between a democratic republic and the British
government at the time of the American Revolution?
  • In a democratic republic the people have the
    power and they elect government officials. In
    the British government, the king had most of the
    power
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