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Declaration of Independence

by United States

contrib. by Thomas Jefferson

The Declaration of Independence is the document in which the United States formally broke ties with Great Britain. Drafted by Thomas Jefferson, and approved by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, it traditionally marks the birth of the United States of America.

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Bibliographic Notes

The Declaration of Independence was originally issued as a handwritten single sheet. It has since been republished in various editions.

Online Editions and Versions

Original documents and context

Important early printings

Editions in other languages

Many multilingual or non-English editions of the Declaration have been published, often intended for immigrants to the US, or to promote democracy abroad. More of these editions can be found under "Document compilations" below.

Other notable historic editions

Other editions and versions

Related Titles

Document compilations

These are notable compilations of documents, often in multiple languages, that include the Declaration of Independence.


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