Causes And Consequences Of The Declaration Of Independence

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There were many causes and consequences of the American Declaration of Independence in 1776, some more important than others. On June 7th, 1776, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia-made a motion in the 2nd Continental Congress that “these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states…”, this motion was adopted nearly a month later on July 2, 1776. Thomas Jefferson, a thirty-three year old Virginia lawyer wrote the draft, along with other members such as John Adams, Ben Franklin, Roger Sherman, and C. Livingston. The Declaration was based on Enlightenment Thinking, an expansion of why the colonists desired independence. The document was written like a legal brief stating the violations of colonial rights and liberties
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