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Democracy Democracy vs.Autocracy The Original Thirteen Colonies The Declaration of Independence, Part I The Declaration of Independence, Part II The Articles of Confederation

 
The Declaration of Independence, Part I


Uncle Sam, the word spy, wants you to take a minute and test your knowledge.

Match the word in the left-hand column with its definition in the right-hand column. Check your answers.

Committee of Five A. The concept that citizens should govern themselves, not be governed by some outside power.
Declaration of Independence B. The document written chiefly by Thomas Jefferson and adopted on July 4, 1776, by the Second Continental Congress that stated the reasons the colonies needed to break away from British rule.
Second Continental Congress C. The group appointed to present the colonies' reasons for desiring independence from British rule.
Self-rule D. The group who assumed the responsibility to act as the national government for the colonists.


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The words "United States" cannot be found in the Declaration of Independence.

When the Founding Fathers adopted "The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America" [wiki] on July 4, 1776, they didn’t form the nation called "The United States of America."

The United States of America actually came into being on March 1, 1781, when the Second Continental Congress ratified the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union (or more commonly known as the Article of Confederation [wiki]).


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