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This is what it’s all about, all the picnics, fireworks, parades, flag waving,and corny songs; the document that set the English colonies of America on an irreversible course of rebellion and secession.

Today, the 1,145 word list of grievances that fill the body of the paper with the justification for what constituted an act of treason, having served its purpose, has been forgotten by all but scholars.  Whereas, the introduction and preamble, consisting of just 181 words, have lived on to inspire people around the world in their search for freedom and human rights.

While reading through the entire document may be troublesome, listening to John Kennedy reading it for us can be a pleasure.

capt.photo_1246383909033-4-0I would like to dedicate this to the courageous people of Iran.

THE WRITTEN TEXT AT USHISTORY.ORG

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