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The Declaration of Independence was written to show a new theory of government reasons why they were separating from England and a formal declaration of war It gave the 13 colonies freedom from Englands laws The man responsible for writing the Declaration was Thomas Jefferson He wrote the Declaration between June 11 1776 and June 28 1776 Benjamin Franklin and John Adams looked at what Jefferson had written and made some changes to the Declaration On July 4 1776 Congress adopted the Declaration and it was signed by John Hancock Button Gwinnett Lyman hall George Walton Wm Hooper Joseph Hewes John Penn Edward Rutledge Thos Heyward Jr Thomas Lynch Jr Arthur Middleton Samuel Chase Thos Stone George Wythe Charles Carrol of Carrollton Richard Henry Lee Thomas Jefferson Benjamin Harrison Thos Nelson Jr Francis Lightfoot Lee Carter Braxton Robert Morris Benjamin Rush Benjamin Franklin John Morton George Clymer Smith George Taylor James Wilson George Ross Caesar Rodney George Read Tho M Kean Wm Floyd Phil Livingston Frans Lewis Lewis Morris Richard Stockton JnoWItherspoon Fras Hopkinson John Hart Abraham Clark Josiah Bartlett Wm Whipple Samuel Adams John Adams Robert Treat Paine Elbridge Gerry Stephan Hopkins William Ellery Roger Sherman Samuel Huntington Wm Williams Oliver Wolcott and Matthew Thorton The reason people wanted the Declaration was because the people thought that they had the right to be free from England and to be their own individual colonies with their own laws Other things leading up to independence were that the British government had committed acts that many colonists believed violated their rights as English subjects Also that colonial blood had already been shed trying to defend these rights The French Indian war was the war that shed colonists blood to defend their rights The Declaration of Independence served three major purposes1 Preamble and reasons for separation Among the reasons for separation
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