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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.

Bibliographic notes

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

Related titles
Document compilations

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

See also
Original documents and context
  • [Info] Declaration of Independence, by United States, contrib. by Thomas Jefferson (HTML and images with commentary at The US National Archives website has images of an original (now badly faded) copy and an clearer 1823 facsimile engraving, a transcription, and articles giving context to the Declaration.
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".

Other notable historic editions
  • [Info] Declaration of Independence, by United States, contrib. by Thomas Jefferson (Gutenberg text). First posted electronically in 1971 by Michael Hart, this was the first etext of Project Gutenberg, the oldest and one of the best-known free online book projects.
Other online editions and versions Editions in libraries

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