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began looking for decendents of John Hart about a year age when I received information about up dating family names to the book, your web site will be a great resource, thanks
Mary Leishman, Hyrum, Utah [07-26-2008] »»»

I was looking for info on a signer, and found your site very imformative and good. Thanks.
L. HANDIBOE [07-25-2008] »»»

This site contains loads of useful information for an English as a second language teacher. Thank you.
Tara Bragg McCormick, Norfolk Public Schools [07-25-2008]

Hello, your site is amazing!
trash, [07-23-2008]

Andrew Wood, calfornia [07-22-2008] »»»

joselin i., austin,tx [07-22-2008]

I love this country with all my heart; its fooundation, and its beliefs.
Natorian, La Grange, Ga::14::Male [07-22-2008] »»»

I am an ancestor of Francis Lightfoot Lee
Kim Lightfoot [07-22-2008]

Benjamin Pierce, Amarillo, TX [07-22-2008]

Thanks for this great site! I have recommended it on my educational blog. I look forward to looking over it in more depth.
J, Home Educator [07-22-2008] »»»

Ed Conner [07-22-2008]

This is Tribute in Faith in God in Christ;This Bibie verse is; to President George W.Bush; This verse to you; 1 Peter 4:16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be a ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.
Grady M. Youngblood, Great Christian in faith [07-22-2008]

You hear a lot about the Declaration of Independence, and even hear it quoted, but only in a small part. Not many people truly understand the trials that our Founding Fathers faced before, during, and after they founded this great nation. It all becomes lost in a maze of Political Correctness. We would be fools to forget what prompted the Revolution, and fools are doomed to repeat history. In this time when Socialism is creeping into our government and our schools, it is prudent to go back to where it all began and read the ENTIRE Declaration of Independence. Socialism is just a step away from Communism--and that is the very image of the oppression that they rebelled against. Listen, learn, and speak. Our voices are heard best during election seasons---but only if we are not intimidated.
Dave, Dothan, AL [07-19-2008] »»»

I love the story and facts. I got so much of information from it. It is absolutely amazing.
Meenakkshy Manoharan [07-19-2008] »»»

I wish the idots in goverment would read this more and start doing something to help the American people instead of screwing us all of the time and sending all the money overseas and help the people in there own country.God Bless the USA. Thank you!
Ralph E.Guysinger Jr., chillicothe,ohio 45601 [07-18-2008] »»»

I love learning about the Declaration of Independence.
Khierra [07-18-2008] »»»

That great american constitution.i lov it
Kodjo, Iam 20,a graduate student in english [07-17-2008]

This is a very nice web pages. I hope the Boy Scouts I am instructing tonight are equally appreciative.
Michael Bitton [07-17-2008]

God Bless America
george mc carthy, canada [07-16-2008] »»»

Thank you for the material in this site.
anonymous [07-16-2008] »»»

Trent D Jones, i am12 inpana il [07-16-2008]

S. Nelson [07-16-2008]

we have good freedome
patty, hi [07-16-2008]

I think the reason we are so engrossed with The Declaration of Independence is because it speaks the truth. We hold it close to our heart because of its history, for what it represents and the men who wrote it. Its not a piece of history but the corner stone of this country. We look at it now, for what it done for our country, we need to look at it again, read it again and again. Frame it on the wall by your TV, and look at it as you listen to the news. We are a great country, with great history. Lets not let them down.
A Son of Liberty [07-15-2008] »»»

DANA HOLMES [07-15-2008]

one of my late relations signed the declaration would like to find out who he was .
elizabeth ehlenbach, 16. england [07-15-2008] »»»

i have recently discoverd that i am related to four signers of the us declaration of independence they are as follows carter braxton,robert morris,benjamin harrison and finally robert treat paine. all the above are cousin,s from 16th centuary england.
steven m wood, rawcliffe bridge,england [07-15-2008] »»»

i would love to learn more about the Declaration of Independence!
karlee, I am 10 years old [07-15-2008]

the all history of american independence are important
DANIEL TOGO, bamako [07-15-2008] »»»

Related to Charles Carroll signer of U. S. Declaration of Independence and cousin to William Carroll Crawford signer of Texas Declaration of Independence. Family line goes back to Scotland de Craufurd's/Crawfords -sheriff's of Ayershire Scotland, and also the mother of William Wallace was a Crawford. Signed Sharon/Crawford/Roberson/Pierce
S Pierce, Huntsville, TX [07-14-2008] »»»

our history is not being taught in school in school like it should many people do not realize our begining.The mercy and grace of GOD.The sacrfice of those before us.
chesley shrewsberry [07-14-2008] »»»

I love America
Kelsey Inhelder, 10 [07-14-2008]

As I was growing up my mother said I was related to John Morton. I didn't become interested until I was an adult. The Mortons that I have info on lived in Waycross, Georgia. Are there any decedants of John Morton that can confirm that for me?
Lisa [07-14-2008]

Samuel Huntington was my Grandmother´s Grandfather. I would like to know a little bit more about Samuel Huntington, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence representing Connecticut. Thank you
Mary Priscilla Mansfield, I live in Quito, Ecuador, 59 years old, a far away relative of Samuel Huntington [07-12-2008] »»»

I am proud to say that Roger Sherman is my great great great (I think that is the right number of greats!)grandfather. It is amazing to think that one of my ancestors actually signed the Declaration of Independence. We cannot thank them enough for creating this country!
Sally Martinez, Nashville, TN [07-12-2008] »»»

Became engrossed again in the Declaration of Independence after viewing the film, "1776". Just makes me think how far we have come since then and how much further we have yet to go, but thanks to the foresight of the founding fathers, we have a mechanism to change our will.
Tony Simmons, McAllen, TX ; age 50 [07-11-2008]

Mike D [07-10-2008]

Why didn't Washington and Madison sign the Declaration of Independence?
jean kirshenbaum, Wyndmoor, PA [07-10-2008]

I am very proud to be an American. My family has been in this country 1640, from Ireland and England. One of my ancestors is Francis Lightfoot Lee. I am proud that my family helped form this country and fought for the right to have freedom.
JOANNE DITMEYER, nyc 57yrs old [07-08-2008] »»»

martha di matteo [07-08-2008] »»»

Mother of two, grandmother of two, 68 years old. My 9th grade civics class had to memorize the Declaration of Independence! Wonder how many kids do that today?!
Malissa Morgan Haslam, Santa Fe, NM [07-08-2008] »»»

I am glad that people have the opritunity to read the declaration on line. I do think it would be cool to have the real copy scaned and down loaded on line so people cna see the actual thing with the actual signatures.
Jennifer Wendland, Avoca, Ia 28 years old [07-08-2008] »»»

Art and Jean Payne [07-08-2008] »»»

laneasha, boston [07-08-2008] »»»

This is a wonderful website! I love all the comments also! I could read and re-read all the info. My children will enjoy reading it also. I love the George Wythe info. Accurate, his love was to mentor.
Melissa, Marco Island Fl.,40yo,homeschool Mom [07-08-2008] »»»

I feel it was signed on July 4th. I wish I could of been there and listened to the common person on the street and what they thought. That would of been interesting history. No one knows that history at all.
Joy Love [07-08-2008]

Thanks for this site and information. I believe in the Declaration and all American's should read it and know how we American's gained our freedom for the ones that stood for all the people. GOD BLESS EACH OF YOU and GOD BLESS AMERICA!
Angie Smith, Tampa, Florida, 44 years young (07-07-2008) [07-08-2008] »»»

we must think rightly about god god incomprehensible a divine attribute something true about god the holy trinity the self existence of god the self sufficiency of god
liane davies, tredegar sw uk age 30 [07-08-2008]

Thanks for this site and all the information gathered here. It is important for all Americans to read and study this document and not just go by what others tells us it says.
Richard Cash, Cowpens, SC, 51 years old [07-07-2008] »»»

thank you for info. We shared and discussed our freedom with our children this 4th of July
sam abisleiman [07-07-2008] »»»

I just found out that I am related to Thomas Mckean and Francis Hopkins. This is all pretty cool to me. See my grandfather has this book that has generations of names and stuff for our family. Hope you enjoy this informative site as much as I have. Hope you all well!
Jessica B., Birmingham,Al 15 [07-07-2008] »»»

John C. Noll, Elk River, Minnesota [07-07-2008] »»»

As far as I remember, Jefferson also wanted to remembered for the VA statute of religious freedoms (may not have that name quite right) - and all 3 are on his tombstone
anonymous [07-07-2008] »»»

I would hope that someone has compiled all this wonderful information into a book and one that may be purchased. This would be great for any aged student!
Sophia Ray, Hancock, MD, My age, 38, business woman, singer, and homeschool mom [07-07-2008]

what happen to the want of the people now a hand full dictate our want
Thomas Von Ohlen, Summerfield Fl [07-07-2008] »»»

Wonderful., I have sspent hours copying all the bios, etc.
Helen Hanley [07-07-2008] »»»

Our founders' words bring tears to my eyes, especially because the administrations of the last 30 years have sought to nullify our founding principles.
anonymous, new york city [07-07-2008] »»»

Born and raised in the USA! Proud of my country! Stephen Decatur said it best: "Our Country! In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right; but right or wrong, our country!" God HAS Blessed America...He has given her the great fighting men and women of our Armed Services! God Bless the UNITED STATES MARINES!
Christine Leeds Armstrong, Pitman, NJ [07-07-2008]

In the Declaration of Independence the word is "inalienable" not "unalienable" to describe our rights. Kindly correct the error, if you please.
William Charles [07-06-2008] »»»

I think this site brings perspective to all events and issues of today's world...
Allen W.Galbreath, Dayton,OH, [07-06-2008] »»»

I read about the declaration of independence that the people say there are no hidden messages and things but have people found out who wrote the things whenever a long time ago it was srolled up and was put away?
Ellen [07-06-2008] »»»

martin l wilson [07-05-2008]

We have pushed aside the creators' and signers intents contained in the Declaration of Independenc and the Constitution. We have a Presidential candidate who will not recognize our flag or our National Anthem. We are like the frog placed in cold water; the water was gradually heated until he boiled to death. Our Government has/is gradually taking away our freedoms sometimes in the name of protection, sometimes in the name of taxes. If guns are banned, only the criminals and the government will be armed and you will not know the difference.
Bill Tolleson, West Columbia, SC [07-05-2008] »»»

Bill Tolleson [07-05-2008] »»»

Wanted to read the Declaration of Independence in preparation of a sermon on this fourth of July weekend. Thanks for being there, look for to revisiting in the near future.
Leroy E. Curry, Mobile, Al [07-05-2008] »»»

cool and has lots of names
anna, 11 [07-05-2008] »»»

Restore the genuine purpose of the Declaration by righting the Feres doctrine (1950) Supreme Court wrong!
Jeffrey Trueman, [07-05-2008] »»»

I watched the movie John Adams and saw them sign the Declaration of Independence and the got on the computer to look all of the stuff up. I loved the movie and all the information about the men and the Revolutionary War.
kyleigh fox, I live in Germantown, Maryland and I am 8 years old [07-05-2008] »»»

Thank you for compiling this information on the independence of our country. After all its meaning is more than barbeques and fireworks. Three cheers for the red, white and blue. Jo Ann
Jo Ann Bourne [07-05-2008] »»»

What a beautiful document. Thank you for maintaining this site. The draft versions and comparison are illuminating.
Jonathan M., Santa Cruz, CA [07-05-2008] »»»

Thank you for housing this detailed information about what is arguably the most important document in the history of the world. It is the beginning of not just freedoms and rights for peoples but also of countries not empires. What brilliant and inspired men (with strong support from their wives) it took to conceive of this document as well as the Constitution of The United States.
John and Carmen Gallagher, Prescott, AZ [07-05-2008] »»»

We have just watched the whole John Adams series on HBO, and I have got to say that some of the signers are such unknowns...I had no idea that so many had never really gone anywhere after the signing. Kind of strange that only a handful of the original signers are know today. I had to go through the list and see why..and of course how old they were.
Felicia Afifi, 47, Seaside, CA [07-05-2008] »»»

I read it and think that we once cared and now as i look back I see that many people just dont care anymore. Its sad because the next generation of kids wont have the respect that our elders have for our great land.
Monica Mix, Sterling,IL age 25 [07-05-2008] »»»

Thank you for enabling me to print out the Declaration of Independence so that I can read it with my kids! I hope that they gain a greater respect for the wonderful men who founded our beautiful country. Thank you!
Suanne, Homeschool mother in Minnesota [07-05-2008]

I make it a point to read this document every July 4th as to never forget how precious our freedoms really are.
Bobby Peets, 501 North Chrisman Ave. Cleveland, MS [07-04-2008] »»»

Bobby Peets, 501 North Chrisman Ave. Cleveland, [07-04-2008] »»»

James, Philadelphia, PA [07-04-2008] »»»

On this 4th of July it was very meaningful to me to reread The Declaration of Independence. Also, I read the information of the signer John Witherspoon who is listed in my down line of ancestors. This is a wonderful site for true information. djh
Doris J Hughey, Family geneaologist [07-04-2008] »»»

Appropriately, on July 4th,I am reading McCullough's excellent bio on John Adams...Philadelphia is where it all took place, so why is Boston alway in the forefront on July 4th? The big splash should be in Philly. No matter... that such men of intelligence, vision, strength, integrity and honor came together at that moment in time, and changed the WORLD,against every possible obstacle, is nothing short of a miracle! It does not matter where we celebrate, as long as we never forget..HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!
Joanne Theodorou, nyc, ny [07-04-2008] »»»

Happy July 4th
James Tullock [07-04-2008] »»»

Richard Madison Haynie [07-04-2008] »»»

Steve, Bumpass, VA [07-04-2008] »»»

Gary T. Dillon, Thank you for this very fine web site... [07-04-2008]

i am a desendant of lymal hall that signed the declaration
lenelle hall shuler [07-04-2008]

as we face great new challenges to freedom and liberty let us remember those who risked all and their sacred honor to set forth in this world governance by the people
Ty a Ct. conservative, wqlcott ct [07-04-2008] »»»

This site gives us a wonderful opportunity to read accounts that many are not able to view in reality. Also, we can linger as long as we wish over particular information. This site is one of the many blesings of our country that we tend to take for granted.
Sr. Kevin Cummings [07-04-2008] »»»

ty [07-04-2008] »»»

I really enjoyed looking at all the infor. on each man,I never knew that those men went through so much just from signing a document. I always enjoyed History so this was very interesting. THANKS SO MUCH,CINDY
cindy, John Morton was my uncle( 7th gen.) I was born in Pa. [07-04-2008]

George Taylor,had he been born in 1716 and gone Tango Uniform in 1785, would have witnessed 65, not 75, years on planet Earth....
Don, Whitehall, PA; old; etc [07-04-2008] »»»

Thank you. This means a great deal to myself and my family. Thank you Dick Innes.
Johnny B [07-04-2008] »»»

Thank you for your informative and educational website.
charlene fjerstad [07-04-2008]

i am fascinated by the declaration of independance
sushi, trinidad [07-04-2008]

George Walton was my ancestor. He was the youngest to sign the Declartion of Independence. They called him the signer and he was 23 when he signed it.
Pam, George Walton [07-04-2008] »»»

Douglas Huffman, Orange Park,Fl. 54, Vietnam Vet [07-04-2008] »»»

Thank you for posting this...
Chris [07-04-2008] »»»

I am so proud to be an American. My father Chick Uriona is my hero. If there is one person that I had to pick that has taught me the most about values, that is the man. Today is the Fourth of July, 2008 and I hope that more people want to remember as I do what this country really is all about by visiting web sites such as this one.
Chanda E Uriona, Federal way, WA I am 35 yo. [07-04-2008]

I visited this website on July 4, 2008. I had just read about the death of Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC) and just wanted to read the Declaration of Independence since he died on this day. Isn't it wonderful to be an American?
Tina Sharpe Tutterrow, Statesville NC [07-04-2008] »»»

What an amazing way to Celebrate today, July 4th, 2008, by reading this wonderful document that started our Country!
Colleen [07-04-2008] »»»

Too many people don't understand the rights they've been given by God, on whose principles founded this wonderful country. From other countries, people come and don't care by which struggles America was founded, they just want to receive what it has to offer them.... how sad! For a great country to decline and fail, the people have only to consider themselves alone. I pray that our leaders and others turn this around.... I, for one, don't want to lose the freedom our forefathers fought and died for and our military people continue doing... for this country to remain FREE.
Sharon Wadlow, Proud to be an American at the age of 62. Wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, sister and a child of the Living God! [07-04-2008] »»»

Freedom/Independece exercised and enjoyed daily. Happy July 4th!
Thomas D. Workman, Sherwood,Oregon [07-04-2008] »»»

I came here today, on the 232nd anniversary of its signing, to renew my understanding of the declaration and for inspiration from the founders of our great nation...and I found it. I wish all Americans would apply the lessons of this history when they next spend their inherentence - the precious right to vote.
CP, Beavercreek, OH 65 USAF(Ret) [07-04-2008] »»»

What a wealth of information that is on this website. Thank you so very much for as I didn't know all of this information. Thanks agin.
Art Menke, Michigan City, In. I am 81 Yrs Old. [07-04-2008] »»»

Thank you for providing this information. I get goose bumps when I read the Declaration, particularly the last paragraph. These were brilliant and courageous men who sacrificed so much to be free from tyranny. I thank God for their determination and faith in one another, and more importantly their trusting in our Creator and his "divine providence". Most of our elected representatives of today could learn much from these men who considered the welfare of their fellow man before themselves.
Kevin Love, Spartanburg, SC [07-04-2008] »»»

We saw the John Adams series on Tv. I then Googled John Adams and found this site. WoW Thanks for the history site.
Scott C Rittgers, We live in a 1730's center Chimney, I am a door maker. I build reproduction doors from late 1600-1850's. The site is Townsend MA. I write this on this 4 day of July 2008 [07-04-2008] »»»

Thank you for preserving and promoting our American heritage, and for making it available beyond American borders.
Scott Hayden, Living in Bangkok, Thailand since 1996 [07-04-2008]

My deepest and most sincere gratitude goes to those brave men who put their lives on the line and signed The Declaration of Independence. I love this great document and am proud to say that I served in the United States Navy from 1972 to 1976 and took the following oath upon entrance into the Navy: I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God. I feel however that not only did I support and defend the Constitution of United States but also The Declaration of Independence for without The Declaration of Independence there would be no Constitution.
Robert George Thompson Sr., Hurricane, Utah - age: 57 [07-04-2008]

Great website. The brave signers would be proud.
Nichol Nelson, [07-04-2008] »»»

I think we should all re-read this, at least anually on this National, Independence Day. Many of my students seem not to accord this any special significance. Perhaps Patriotic rituals accompanied by texts would help inform our electorate.
Ginny, adult descendent of very early settlers [07-04-2008]

Craig [07-04-2008] »»»

the document is still workable after 232 years, what else can hold that claim.
arthur benson, Hampden, Maine [07-04-2008] »»»

I read the Declaration every July 4 as a reminder of the true meaning of the holiday. Unfortunately, it's not given the time or emphasis in the school systems that it should.
Don [07-04-2008] »»»

Everyone needs to read and reread this vital document, especially those people who are suppose to be representing us on Capitol Hill.
Robert Cook, Ramona, CA [07-04-2008]

What a great document!It should be read aloud at the beginning of each school year in all public and private schools in this great country.
Curtis Grant, Oklahoma City Age 83 [07-04-2008] »»»

Too many transgressions listed here are now happening by this administration, the reign of George W. Bush. It cannot end soon enough. Let's pray we get our country back.
BONNIE WISZ, Dearborn Heights, Michigan [07-04-2008] »»»

I would like to know if our present government has ever read this Declaration of Independance? Is so, they need to re-read it again...they have completly destroyed this country!
Lisa, Ann Arbor MI [07-03-2008] »»»

Thank you for your very informative website.
Beverly Barbe' [07-03-2008] »»»

Jennifer Rowe, Newark, Ohio, 42 [07-03-2008]

James Fraasch, Pittsburgh [07-03-2008]

Proud to be living in this country where my grandparents immigrated into from the Nederlands in 1887.
Jacque Head, Phoenix Arizona, age 50, U.S.Naval Veteran of 21 years [07-03-2008] »»»

I was referred here by the Center for Arizona Policy urging us to read with our families the Declaration of Independence. I had not read it since grade school. I am 48 years old. I will read it this weekend with my family. Thank you for this site.
Nelson Rood, Thank you for having this web site [07-03-2008] »»»

i thank god for our fathers who had such courage. i suspect most of our so called leaders of today would have folded.
DOUGLAS W. WILSON [07-03-2008] »»»

Jimmy Clements, Chesapeake, VA, 54 yrs old. Married 4 childern all grown [07-03-2008]

I have wept over the missuse from the senat and Congress on the words of LIFE,Liberty and persuite of Happyness .I see that people don,t read this great set of Freedom,s and try to understand the words of laws to humanty.set forth by the men who gave their life for America .Think you are the next Genoration to vote the laws in or out,what say you now to the respsobilty of Freedom and Life for all mankind.
Calvin James Langley, Thomas NelsonJr. is my 14th.great grandfather,Eustis,Fl. [07-03-2008] »»»

I wanted to become familiar with this important document that had ruled the lives of millions of Americans, including myself.
Victoria Nestler, Brooklyn, New York [07-03-2008]

Could the American Indians have used the same Document to legally declare their independence from the U.S. The Document does justify and give reasons for a revolution which could possibly apply.
Charles Gilbert [07-03-2008]

My family and I, went to Washington D.C. in 2005. I loved the National Archives and learning about the history of this great nation. God Bless America
Matt, Pontiac,IL 22 years old [07-03-2008]

Lawrence (Larry) Allen Kisby, Highland, CA. [07-03-2008]

When I examined the signatures under the Declaration of Independence, I discovered the name 'Daniel Kriegman' or 'Daniel Kingman' which, after printing out your list of signers, was not included. Why? It is clearly there.
Gayle Ponseti, Name missing from your list of Signers of "D. of A." [07-03-2008] »»»

Eartha Kitt Williams [07-03-2008]

Tyler McCoon, Waitsburg Wa [07-03-2008]

eLLEN fARRAR, 40 oh white,married,history buff [07-03-2008] »»»

i love to learn about american history and this is one of my favorites
michael connor, 12 years old [07-03-2008]

Exceptional site.
jer [07-03-2008] »»»

Am a one of the leading propert dealer in New Delhi
GUSHAN NAYYAR, New Delhi [07-03-2008]

Wonderful site. Makes me feel proud!
Susan Barron, 52, Austin Tx [07-03-2008]

Thanks for the info. Nicely laid out.
Shannon [07-03-2008] »»»

prety cool but i kept gettin lost needs to be more clear
Kade, age,12 tennessee [07-03-2008]

Helen Palmer [07-03-2008]

Read the Declaration of Independence aloud on July 4it
Kim Oliver [07-03-2008]

Great! I love US history and this site is great!
Bretty Justo [07-03-2008]

On July 4, 2008, I plan to read the entire Declaration of Independence, something I have not done since school days. I am now retired, so what better way to celebrate Independence Day than to read the originial declaration?
Marcy [07-01-2008]

I am horrified by reading the posted comments at the extreme illiteracy demonstrated. The signers of the Declaration of Independence would be likewise horrified and demand the three R's be taught immediately! The educations of our forefathers far outstrips those of the modern age of Americans. Public school needs a revolution and a declaration of intelligence.
anonymous, Montana [07-01-2008] »»»

Gerry, Pensacola Fl [07-01-2008]

"Wow! The Declaration of Independence is so long that I could almost not finish it! But it was so beautifully written!" Veronica Higbee Age 8
Michelle HIgbee, Santa Ana, California [07-01-2008] »»»

SUNDAY REPORT XI, 32: HAVE A VERY HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! 7/6/08 EFFORT TO FOSTER READING DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE (DOI) Below is a true-false quiz. You can find the answers in two valuable document- providing sites: and www which are great sites ideal for active teachers but most useful for us lesser mortals as well.. 1. DOI assumes that political ties to England can be cut unilaterally by the colonists, with there being no need to get approval from their British rulers. 2.DOI is courageously addressed directly to King George III himself. 3.The authors state at the outset that careful studies across a long period of time are primarily what resulted in this evaluation of Imperial-Colonial relations. 4.God is credited with bestowing upon all men rights which are to be protected by governments they shape themselves. 5. The DOI holds that outright rebellion is permissible for some people under certain conditions. 6. The DOI advocates fewer rather than more frequent rebellions. 7. Rather than personalizing colonial complaints by blaming George III himself the document deals with straight facts and statistics. 8. The DOI condemns England for pushing immigrants from many nations into the American colony which does not want to absorb them. 9. Many colonists welcomed the opportunity to profit from providing board and room for British soldiers stationed among them. 10. ‘British Brethren’ — the average English citizens, friends and relatives, are not subject to criticism in the ‘laundry list’ of grievances. 11. George Washington rose to political prominence by proudly signing the DOI for his home state of Virginia. 12. Elbridge Gerry of ‘gerrymander’ redistricting fame signed the DOI but did not sign the later Federal Constitution. (SEE: 2nd site biographical section) ===========================================================Problems plaguing us yet today: What is genuine patriotism? What about Washington’s distrust of ‘entangling alliances’? What about American imperialism in the XIXth century and today? What should be our attitude on world organizations? ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Of course, anyone living outside the hew-hess-of-hay may play hookey on this bit of encouragement to re-read the DOI. For all others giving the test a try, here are the ANSWERS: 6,T;5,T;4,T;3,F;2,F;1,T; 12,T;11,F;10,F;9,F;8,F;7,F:WINNAH!
Nelson F. Norman, El Cajon, San Diego County, CA--- I am 90 [07-01-2008] »»»

A beautifully thought out and written document! I used to hear it read every July 4th from the balcony of the Old State House in Boston, but it wasn't until I started reading it on the 4th myself that I've realized just what an amazing document it is. Because I've been travelling on the 4th the last few years I've read it aloud on that day to people travelling with me. They always enjoy hearing it; sometimes they accuse me of adding passages to the grievances section to reflect recent trends/actions of our government, but I never change a word. It's simply that the issues addressed in the Declaration are timeless issues of power, fairness, and justice. Thank you for this website!
David K., Massachusetts [07-01-2008] »»»

Raymond J. Hammarth [07-01-2008] »»»

CATHERINE CADIEUX, san jose, ca., 54, mother of 8, grandmother of 9 [06-30-2008] »»»

zack, 9 year old [06-30-2008] »»»

The general public needs to READ this document & be informed of the fate of all signers. The maybe they will truthfully understand what this nation is all about. Political correctness is destroying this country & truth & honesty has been lost in our political system. A lie is a lie & not a misspoken statement. I know "Greatest Generation", that won WWII is not happy with the way this country is at the present time.
Louis Bond, Mt. Vernon, TX. age 59, causian, married [06-29-2008] »»»

The citizens of my town have recently concluded a three year battle to remove a tyrantical goverment of self serving scoundrals. The Town government has been returned to the people. We thank the founding fathers for setting an example for us to follow.
Ronald J. Theriault, Rumford Maine [06-29-2008] »»»

i would like to know where is the original document of the declaration of independence and also is it has ever been lost
susie [06-29-2008] »»»

I will take an oath when I turn 21 to do my duty in an ethical manner and to protect and serve. This oath is the oath of serving police people. I will serve my community and protect them with all my heart. For that will not only be my job but also my passion.
Liz, Alton, Illinois 19 female [06-29-2008]

i never really knew the Declaration of Independence but now im havin to do stuff with it since im in middle school so i thought the summer would be a good time to learn it
molly, summerville 12 years old [06-29-2008]

This site is a tremendous blessing to preserve and inform future generations of the great events leading to the establishment of our nation and its unprecedented founding documents. Thank you for the great work you do on behalf of all Americans and our Creator. 1 Peter 2:13-17
Steve Camp, Franklin, TN, age 53, Christian singer/songwriter and Bible teacher/evangelist [06-29-2008] »»»

As a retired U.S. History teacher I feel that it is essential to teach to our future generations the ideas of the Founding Fathers as represented by the ideals listed within the Declaration and the Constitution of the United States. As a nation we need to get back to the basics of our history and make sure that everyone knows their rights and responsibilities, which will allow the concept of "We the People" to be truly practiced!
Lawrence P. Schramka, Anna, Illinois July 11, 1949 [06-29-2008] »»»

If only they could see the world that they have no choice to leave behind.
H.L.Bolden, If's been a pleasure to read the history and put the names to the faces. [06-29-2008] »»»

Just doing some research.
LorenzoD RiceJr, Keizer, Oregon 45 years [06-29-2008] »»»

Every July 4 I read the Declaration of Independence to remember what it's all about... the Declaration ROCKS!
CJ, Indianapolis, IN [06-29-2008] »»»

I found your site to be very informative! Thank you very much for allowing access to your information. I also have to say that I believe that our country needs to get back to the basics of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for everyone, regardless of race, creed or color! Back to the saying of: A government by the people, for the people ... that means we have to accept our own responsibilities to do what we need to do to uphold that concept, even if it means bucking the trend. The reason we have so many problems are due to many of our people leaving it all up to the government officials to do everything and not get involved. That is the wrong way to keep a strong country thriving ... wake up Americans while we still have the freedoms our ancestors struggled to assure for us! I am very proud to be an American, and I am proud to say that even though we have our problems, we are still the greatest country to live in!
Jeanne, Wittmann, AZ, age 54, [06-29-2008]

I think we as a country need to go back in time and really try to understand and live by what this document represents. We also need to start saying the pledge in schools as well as allow people to pray if they wish. Also the words" In God we trust" should remain on our currency. Our nation is the way it is because too many people want to change what our ancestors fought and gave their life for, so that we have the freedoms we have now. I believe in what our president is doing and continue to support what we have to do to maintain peace,avoid terrorism, and avoid another 911.
anonymous [06-27-2008] »»»

BARBARA BANKS [06-27-2008] »»»

hmmmmmmmmmmm good article...
anonymous [06-27-2008]

Girl Scout Troop 159, Carbondale, Illinois fifth graders [06-27-2008]

I Have Sworn an oath to defend the consitutation of The United States of America to my death when I enlisted in the U.S. Navy. That Oath stands to this date.
Richard, Johnson City Tennessee [06-25-2008]

thank u 4 this page/very informative/beautifully designed
Rita L. Purvis, dob 1958/ N.J. resident [06-25-2008]

Thank you for making this information available to all.
Sarah Hirz, Age 53, Bellevue, Nebraska [06-25-2008]

Used this site to study the Declaration in preparation of taking the PRAXIS II exam for teacher certification in secondary education. Provided great insight into the setting, culture of the time which is a crucial part of the exam. Thank you.
Leslie [06-25-2008] »»»

I was told many years ago from my Grandfather that we had a direct descedant that had signed the Declaration and his name was Thomas Stone of Maryland.. He was in the process of reasearching this to be infact certain of for a detailed family tree... He later died and was never sure, and as chance would have it I am now in search of that very answer......
Christopher Reeder [06-25-2008] »»»

i don'nt like your website
anonymous [06-25-2008]

I have just recently seen the document in person and have recently realized that this document is a very important piece of history, that I would like to learn more about in the future. And I would like to say that our ancestosr have done a great number to our history and that I'm very appreciative to them.
Destiny, Dayton, OH [06-23-2008]

Great Uncle was brother to Geo. Walton, signer of Declaration.
John Walton [06-23-2008] »»»

Jakeisha Carter [06-23-2008] »»»

Great site! I have it book marked and visit it frequently. When reading about the signer of the Declaration of Independence I am constantly amazed at the price paid by most of these affluent men, literally gambling everything on an ideal. Thank You! Danny Orr
Danny Orr, Rocky Ripple Indiana, Publisher of "The Ripple Effect" [06-20-2008] »»»

Beth, Colorado [06-20-2008]

I'm skinny (Squeak) (cough)
Lorenzo Castoldi, 10 years old [06-20-2008] »»»

It will be nice for all the people who got born in the States to learn and read all this information, I have to study all USA history in order to get my citizenship and I just asked a person who got born here in the States and he-she doesn't have any clue of all this information.....what a bad citizens this country has! It is silly that people who wants to become a citizen is obligated to learn it and people who got born HERE doesnt even have a clue of their own history
Sussy [06-20-2008] »»»

Schools should devote an entire semester or course at the lower levels to show students the intellect, hard work, and sacrifice that these Founding Fathers took upon themselves for the sake of our nation and the National freedom of our people.
Dottie King, Columbia, MD, 59 years old [06-20-2008] »»»

Im proud that the united states stuck up for themselves and seperated from Great Britain because it showed how strong of a nation we are even at our very start.
Carrie [06-19-2008] »»»

Wallace Verner Prescott-Junior, Brigham 64 [06-19-2008]

our founding fathers gave there life to protecting our country and making it what it is today. they should be honored by all people. the way they acted should be inspired in every american heart
matt, age 11 [06-19-2008] »»»

Proud to be an American
Dennis Basonic Sr, Police Officer [06-18-2008] »»»

Our elected officals within our Federal, State, and Local governments need to read this and understand what this document really means. Maybe then we will have a goverment of the People, by the People and for the People once again.
M. Moss [06-18-2008] »»»

Having a decades-long fascination with the creation of the United States of American and all that was undertaken by the flesh-and-blood men (and women!) who did, you can imagine my surprise when I became a close friendship with Mr. John Dickinson of the Pennsylvania Dickinsons while attending Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan in 1981. Yes, John is indeed an ancestor of that famous man who served with Jefferson, Franklin, Adams, et al. yet who refused to sign the Declaration of Independence in the hope that 'the colonies' would someday make peace with Great Britian. Mark made his family proud what with his intelligence, gracious manner, and kind heart. Unfortunately, I have not been able to make contact with Mark since 1984. It is my sincere hope that he and his family are well. Like his (many times over) grandfather Master John Dickinson, John was a fighter and, I am certain, has had a very respectable career. Thanking you for the opportunity to share my thoughts, I remain Your obedient servant, Bradford J. Roberts
Bradford Jerry Roberts, 2990 Washtenaw Rd., #2A, Ypsilanti, MI 48197-1512 Age: 50 [06-18-2008] »»»

i love the d of i
Rachel aka dopey 26 [06-17-2008] »»»

Sammy [06-16-2008]

I thanks our fore fathers for writting and siging this important document and my creator for I was botn in a free country.
Noemi Rodrigurz, Born Brooklyn New York Age 48, Now reside in Puerto Rcio [06-16-2008] »»»

This website is very helpful! I'm related to Thomas McKean through my grandmother I think its awesome to learn about him and what he did for this country!
Sarah [06-16-2008] »»»

I liked this a lot it helped with my history Project!
Brittany, ma,15 [06-16-2008] »»»

joel, Long beach [06-16-2008] »»»

the declaration of independence is cool to learn about. I just saw the movie, "national treasure" and i wanted to know if there is anything invisible on the back of it. I learned thats it's fake but now i cant stop learning about it.
kyle, age: 12 [06-14-2008] Freedom isn't Free; but Membership is.
Mark Harris, Mississippi Patriot Guard Riders [06-13-2008]

Tammy Robinson [06-13-2008] »»»

this website is really helpful! it really helps early americal history so much better!
anonymous [06-12-2008] »»»

I'm related to Roger Sherman on my grandmothers side. And I thought I've heard that people related to these men are recieved some kind of priveledges of some sort.?? anyone know...It's interesting to know
Brittney, I'm from Albany, NY [06-12-2008] »»»

Gale, [06-12-2008] »»»

Julia, [06-12-2008]

Your site is great and US history was one of my favorite subjects in school.
Karina, [06-12-2008]

I was never much of a history person in school. But just this past weekend, I had a relative pass away. During his funeral, I learned that my family are decendents of four of the men who signed the declaration of independence. I thought that was really neat. Benjamin Rush is one, I'm not sure of the others yet... but the Morris' may be two more. That is my mothers' maiden name. I am happy to learn more about where I came from, and how. I am really excited of what I have learned.
Mrs. Khara Cavendish, Norton, Ohio Age 26 [06-12-2008] »»»

My great, great, great granddad (or something like that) was Aurthur Middleton, who signed to Declaration of Independence :)
Riley [06-11-2008] »»»

was watching a mini series on tv and was happy to find this info on john adams filling in what the boob tube couldnt thanks .
gene, salmo bc canada [06-10-2008] »»»

If we did not have the Declaration of Independence we would not have freedom
Alana Denehy [06-10-2008] »»»

I just wanted to let you know that there is a typo in the Dec. of Indep.-- unalienable is not a word in the dictionary-- it is supposed to be Inalienable rights
Liz [06-09-2008] »»»

very nice website i am learning about the declaration of independence
anonymous [06-09-2008] »»»

Hugh Fleet, William Penn [06-09-2008] »»»

I am a CommonWeal citizen of Pennsylvania. The Government of William Penn.
DR. RONALD BARNA Jr. D.Philo., 98 Washington Street Freeland, Pennsylvania 18224-2143 [06-09-2008] »»»

Great Information. We need to reinvent the need for our children to respect the Declaration
Harvey Hulse, Tennessee [06-08-2008] »»»

I love reading this. God Bless America!
Jim Quinlan [06-08-2008] »»»

Gregory Small [06-08-2008] »»»

ou have a great website!
Katilyn [06-08-2008] »»»

I am only 12 but this page is realy helpful for me and my friends when we do reports... We always come here first and I admire the company's doings for this website...
Esther, Walla Walla Washinton, 12 years old [06-08-2008]

thanks for such a wonderful resource!
e.basulto, los angeles, ca [06-07-2008]

We are a homeschooling family, passionate about preserving the TRUE history of our country's founding and heritage - not the "politically-correct" watered-down and totally incorrect version taught in our public schools and universities today. Sad to say that most people today - especially our younger generation - are more interested in electronic gadgets and "techy stuff" than in visiting historical sites and gleaning as much knowledge as they can about our country's rich history. Our passion is to "light a spark" in people and get them interested in history again. Living history (active verb) is a great family hobby and very educational - we encourage families to get into some sort of living history event - even if just to visit - and maybe even participate. There is nothing like a "you were there" experience to bring history to life. We also encourage everyone to visit as many living history sites as they can. Our favorites are Colonial Williamsburg, (Williamsburg, VA, Old Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge, MA), and Genesee Country Village (Mumford, NY). My husband is an historic preservation carpenter who was at one time employed with Genesee Country Village. He is committed to preserving historic dwellings for future generations to enjoy and learn about our country's history. Let's get back to the TRUE history of our great country and get out there and "light a spark" in people to create a love and passion for history again. May God Bless. Vicki Stevens
Vicki Stevens [06-07-2008] »»»

hello my favorite subject is history
Trevor Bailey [06-07-2008]

i would love to have been there to be apart of history
brandea [06-07-2008]

i'm proud to be related to benjamin rush...this website is very informative! thanks.....
"ANNIE JOHNSON" [06-05-2008] »»»

I appreciate the Declaration being available to read at a click. Thank You.
B Worsham, ga [06-05-2008] »»»

I like the Deciaration of Independence
Carlos F.M.Mcknight, Washington,DC,age10,None etc. [06-05-2008]

Hi, this is a pupil from Munich, Germany. Congratulation to your website. Our class is looking for informations about Independence Day in the English lesson. Goodbye.
Stefan Lang, Munich, 15 years old [06-04-2008] »»»

Devi [06-04-2008]

the declaration is very important and I think that us kids should make one two so that we can show our appreciation to the declaration.
Tina, my age is no matter [06-04-2008]

why cant you see it
lizy [06-04-2008] »»»

Congratulations on a very thorough web site, all good information. Thank you !
Douglas Carroll Ross, Farmington Hills, Michigan [06-03-2008] »»»

absolutly great web site!
STACEY MERRITT, ocala, florida, usa [06-03-2008] »»»

I think this is awesome
diem, 5907 Bighorn [06-03-2008]

I need more facts about the Sugar Act. YOU GUYS ARE GREAT!
Brooklynn Christensen, 11 years old,Custer,Washington [06-03-2008] »»»

Bob Slendertoffingstonellianationsonsing [06-03-2008]

The Things That Bring Our Country Independence. What Would We Do Without Thomas Jefferson? ~anoymous
anoymous [06-03-2008] »»»

Montell C. Williams [06-03-2008]

some of my novels have "liberty" as a theme. A son of Liberty, rabbi Gershon Mendez Seixas, was the great-grand-father of my great-grand aunt Annie Nathan Meyer, daughter of the Revolution. Gershon took part in some meetings with George Washington at the "Queen's Head" tavern, later Fraunces Tavern. Today, so many people tend toward LIBERTY ...
Michel Goeldlin, novelist, principalty of Monaco [06-02-2008] »»»

when in the course of human events,it becomes necessary for one person to dissolve this the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth,the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's god entitle them,a descent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
jawan douglas, desoto,tx [06-02-2008] »»»

we r so grate full 4 it!
chris p hughes [06-02-2008]

I think people have not gone to the Public Schools here in Indianapolis. It is THEE Racetrack City. It is my Evaluative Estimate that Indianpolis is a Refuge for Migrating East Germans and Polish People. To correct that situation, wherein, peoples have subjected myself to the Tyrrany of the Police Militias, by reason of ignorance of the Constitutional descriptions of the Manners of Being of Western Hemisphere humanities, that being taught in the Schools, I have a solution: The most recent Holy Bible I looked at was translated and printed in the year 1611. The Declaration was printed in 1776, seemingly a Church Document, by persons of fervent religious persuasions, and referring to God and Culture in those original 13 colonies. Therefore, if the Declaration of Indpendence document were included in the rear of the Holy Bible, as a supplemntal index, or otherwise(an insert, perhaps?), Uneducated Persons, whom have attended Churches would understand upon it. PEOPLE DID NOT GO TO SCHOOL. They go to Church instead of school. Adult Education, now, would be the logical and expedient plan of action. I'm a former Democrat Party Official, x-Trucker, and College Graduate from Indiana. I'm sorry that I were the abandoned(illegitimate) baby. Of couurse, I'm Bachelor; Married People don't talk in Night Clubs.
MRonald, Indianapolis Homeless & Relief Mission [06-01-2008] »»»

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