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Declaration of Independence Study Guide and Questions

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Use the following sources to learn more about the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, and the road to Revolution:

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Declaration of Independence Study Questions

  1. Why have some called the Declaration of Independence a lawyer's brief?
  2. John Locke wrote about the natural rights of man including the right to life, liberty, and property. Why did Thomas Jefferson change property to the pursuit of happiness in the Declaration text?
  3. Even though many of the grievances listed in the Declaration of Independence resulted from acts of Parliament, why would the founders have addressed all of them to King George III?
  4. The original draft of the Declaration had admonitions against the British people. Why do you think that those were left out of the final version?


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