The Declaration of Indepencence
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve thepolitical bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the powers of the earth...
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
The history of the present king of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
In every stage of these oppressions, we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms; our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.
We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in general Congress assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions
New Hampshire New Jersey Virginia Josiah Bartlett Richard Stockton George Wythe William Whipple John Witherspoon Richard Henry Lee Matthew Thornton Francis Hopkinson Thomas Jefferson