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In this posting, students will identify the elements of the Declaration of Independence. They will also explain why it was drafted.

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This solution discusses elements of the Declaration of Independence, why it was needed, and its reception in the colonies.

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The tension between Britain and the colonies was at its peak. The Second Continental Congress had to make a major decision whether to declare the independence of America or remain under British rule. According to author David Armitage, "Thomas Jefferson offered an expansive vision of the Declaration of ...

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