Question 8
Establishing Independence
What did the Declaration of Independence do?

The Declaration of Independence announced the United States' independence from Britain. The colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. It said the British government did not respect the rights of the colonists. It said that a good government must protect the rights of the people. Colonists read the Declaration in town squares and on battlegrounds. The colonists fought and won the War of Independence. The Declaration of Independence said that the United States was free from Britain.

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