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Jefferson's statues have become controversial, but they're not nearly as disruptive as the thesis statement in the Declaration of Independence, approved 246 years ago.

Have you ever really thought about what Thomas Jefferson was saying when he laid out his self-evident truths in the Declaration of Independence? It's worth thinking about, especially now as the foundations of our democracy are being undermined. Read more»

The drafters of the Declaration of Independence present their document to the Continental Congress.

In celebration of the United States’ birthday, historian Woody Holton offers six surprising facts about the nation’s founding document – including that it failed to achieve its most immediate goal and that its meaning has changed from the founding to today. Read more»

Fireworks over Lincoln Park in Denver, CO.

Many of the ideas Americans may think they know about the Declaration of Independence are wrong, and historian Woody Holton offers six surprising facts about the nation’s founding document – including that it failed to achieve its most immediate goal and that its meaning has changed from the founding to today. Read more»

The full text of the Declaration of Independence: 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 Read more»

The full text of the Declaration of Independence: 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 Read more»

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 Read more»

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 Read more»

The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi read a mock Declaration of Independence for Baja Arizona while taping a segment on Start Our State in April. The bit was shelved 'because we're too serious about this,' said organizer Paul Eckerstrom.

Activists who want Southern Arizona to break away from the rest of the state will symbolically declare their independence from Phoenix on Saturday. Start Our State will celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence 235 years ago at the Rialto Theatre, organizers said. Read more»

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 Read more»