Bonfires are burning. Church bells are ringing. People are cheering all over town.
Philadelphia’s exploding with the news: America is declaring independence from England!
Earlier today, a crowd gathered at the State House to hear an official reading of the Declaration of Independence. Everyone’s talking about this revolutionary document that says:
“All men are created equal” and are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights”; Government exists to “secure these Rights” and derives its power from the “Consent of the Governed”; And the people can “alter or abolish” a government that destroys rights instead of securing them.
The Continental Congress not only declared independence; they’ve published the document for everyone to see. Soon word will reach all the colonies.
This revolution is all about rights. No king can take our rights away.