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According to the second paragraph of the Declaration, "whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness." Why did the colonists consider separation from the English government a natural right?
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]).
Pick a partner and work together rewriting the Declaration of Independence in another style of writing. Choose a style from the list below:
· Valley Girl
· Mad Scientist
· …and so on…if you have another idea
Your rewritten Declaration should include the major ideas from the original version. You
are still the colonies in American declaring independence from England; you’re just doing
it a little differently. You must include at least five grievances (complaints) against King
Share your Declaration of Independence with your classmates.