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Kyle Edward Stevens, 15,male, Verdigris, Oklahoma [08-31-2007] »»»

For anyone interested in learning more about this subject I recommend the following book by Mr. David Armitage, "The Declaration of Independence" "A Global History". Although I always knew this document was important,I didn't realize how it has helped to shape the destiny of so many nations.
Larry D. Wolcott [08-30-2007] »»»

Ryan [08-29-2007] »»»

The Declaration of Independence is the most important in our history
Vercedes James, Forrest City,Ark [08-29-2007] »»»

this was very educational thank you
Rebecca [08-29-2007]

This is a wonderful site. The information is concise and well written. Thank you for a job well done.
Jennifer G. Wyant, North Dakota [08-29-2007] »»»

I liked the prints
Sam, age11 [08-29-2007] »»»

I have been trying to find more information on Arthur Middleton since my mother's name was Middleton.
Lynn Paul Coffman [08-29-2007] »»»

this is a very intresting site. many kids will learn well off of this site. keep it going. i for one didn't like it but it is a good learing site children
Jessica [08-29-2007]

Catrina Case [08-28-2007]

I hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal...
Adrienne Neal, Forrest City, AR [08-28-2007] »»»

This site is so cool! I have put it in my favorites for later. I love how you have a part of this site that tells you exactly what the Declaration of Independence says. It's just amazing!
Sandi, I am thirteen and from Texas! [08-27-2007] »»»

very informational articles, im studying to become a citizen and this page has had helped me so much. thank you, CG Padilla
carlos padilla [08-27-2007] »»»

My great Great Grandpa was one those that signed the Declaration on Independence, Joshia Barllet.
Jolie Washington, Spokane, Washington [08-27-2007]

I am doing a U.S. History project about an auto-biography. There is one part that I am working on now and that is my Historical Participation. My mother suggested one of my ancestors that signed the Declaration of Independence. I aggred but we only knew his last name Carroll. So I called my grandmother asking her information about him. She told me his name was Charles Carroll and was born in Maryland. I thought that was good enough. Then I decided to look his name on the internet. I doubted I would find him but I found this website and I saw him! I can't belive you guys have a whole biography about him that my family never knew! It's so amazing to me now because of what he did to this country and then hundreds of years later some little girl like me found what his life was like, picture, everything! I would just like to thank you a million times for showing these great people that helped our country on the web. Now I can pass on this information to generations to come. Thank You :)
Courtney, Florida, 13 [08-27-2007] »»»

The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in human history. It is brilliant in concept and courageous in execution. The 56 signers took risks that few men of today would. I look at what is transpiring in our country today and I fear the founders are not only sad but probably very angry at what their "grand experiment" has become.
Joel Park, Bakersfield CA born in 1942 [08-27-2007]

One of my dauhter on researching family found that one ancestorwas one of the 56 signers of The Declaration Of Independance and today I went into the web site out of curiosity and was pleased to see a portrait of him- Thank You for this little piece of my family tree.My maternal grandmother was Christina Huntington of New York who married William Watson of Grand Blanc, Mi. Once again Thank You
delores diamond, Millington,mi.-formaly Flint,mi. [08-27-2007] »»»

Matthew Thornton is my 7th great uncle. His brother is my 7th great grandfather. Liberty will prevail.
Natalie, Bellevue, NE age 24 [08-27-2007] »»»

Kathy Hewes, Wichita, Kansas [08-27-2007] »»»

I have always thought that the Declaration of Independence was an important document for our country. Now that I have read it through I have realized that this is more than just a document, it is our freedom. I never did realize how bad and how many things the british did to the Americans at the time. The British really did treat us badly and up until now I thot this was just a polite asking for a freedom when it is actually stating that we will be a country from now on. Reading the Declaration has definetly changed my minda about it.
Silas Boyle, Lousiville, Ky [08-24-2007] »»»

good for you guys to get ur freedom
aadil, south africa [08-24-2007]

I'm not sure what kind of response I'm supposed to have,but I agree with what the U.S. said. They should be treated the same as Great Britain since they are under their rule. They have a right to create their own government, since Great Britain is treating them so poorly.Great Britain was wrong in the way that they refused to pass migrations to the Americas, he erected many new offices to harass the people and eat up their substance, he kept armies there in times of peace, he cut their trade off to the world, he imposed taxes without their consent, he deprived many cases of a jury, and many other wrong things. They warned and pleaded their case and he just ignored them. I believe they should be resolved of allegience to the British flag and be able to create their own government since he treated them so badly.
garythomas, louisville [08-23-2007] »»»

Every time i read this document i am filled with heavy thoughts. Over the sacrifices of these men and the courage of our four fathers. To tell a empire like Great britan we will not take your abuse anymore and we are free! It makes me really think about the freedoms i have today that we take for granted. This is one part of U.S. history that makes me sit back and think of all the sacrifices that were and are made for this country. This document feels me with a since of pride in my country that i have because of people who fight for freedom.
Justin Louis Arnold, Louisville,Ky [08-23-2007] »»»

I thought the declaration was very moving. It is very well written, but is confusing because they use the wording of their time. I am glad that they have been able to keep it around for over 200 years, so people can learn from it. Again, I liked it and thought it was a great work.
Austin Oliva, Louisville, KY [08-23-2007] »»»

I was suprised at the Declration. I didn't think that more than half of it would be pointing out the king's flaws in running the counrty. It also states that somtimes being cautious is the way to go in dealing with some problems.I also find it kind of disturbing that we refer to indians as Savages but that is what they must have been back then. I like the part when it says that we the people have a reasponsibility to remove any bad leaders and to choose new ones.
Mark Losavio, Louisville Kentucky [08-23-2007] »»»

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” was the foundation for United States of America. The lifestyles and customs of the American people have changed enormously in the last 231 years and 50 days since it was in Congress, July 4, 1776. Time is something that naturally comes and goes and with it comes new notions. When this influential document passed Congress in the 18th century I think it had a slightly different meaning of “We hold these truths to be know within our culture, that all white males are created equal, that they are endowed by God with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Anyone who didn’t meet the standards didn’t receive their unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness for truly no rhyme or reason. That essentially meant anyone of non-Indo-European descent or a woman wasn’t good enough to have any say in at least the Right of Liberty if not more. It is truly terrible that for so long the law excluded certain parties from obtaining leadership in our country that its principle is independence. African-Americans struggled gaining all the rights until over century later. Something that rubs salt into a wound are laws are merely words, but are not always followed to work the way it should. A perfect example is when slavery was abolished their masters’ isolated them from law. They didn’t tell and nobody knew to ask. When word came around that they were free the questions are where to go and what to do next. Most probably didn’t have food, money, or an education at least at first so in essence it limited them into a negative frame of mind. Having a negative frame of mind about life can be inherited through the raising of a child. As time goes on the cycle may continue or there may be a new passage leading to success. According to statistics in The Independent in London, United Kingdom African-Americans are arrested four times more than white people. That is a very significant different. One thing that people have to remember is white people tore their ancestors away from their families to be slaves, but that doesn’t excuse them from not following the law. Women didn’t receive true Liberty until almost one and half centuries after this article was signed. Susan B. Anthony was women’s rights advocate. Susan B. Anthony attempted to vote on November 5, 1872, because they believed she were entitled the right to vote based on the Fifteen Amendment that stated “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” Unfortunately she was prosecuted in trial was guilty. Her sentence was a $100 fine. She said that she would never pay even one dollar of it and she never did. She died March 13, 1906 and never legally got the opportunity to vote. In June of 1919 a law was finally passed the legalization of the act of voting to all citizens. In the United States of America I think the quote from the Declaration of Independence of “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” is more accurate than it once was, though it isn’t perfect and never will be.
Jackson Carnes [08-23-2007] »»»

My thoughts about the Declaration are not very deep because I was not around at the time. Even though I was not around during this time I am still blessed to have my freedom. After reading this I just wonder what it would be like if I did not have the right to be free. If it wasn't for these men, we would possibly still be under British rule.
matt hillenbrand, Louisville, KY [08-23-2007] »»»

Just to take a moment to give true thanks to these great men and their wisdom for their contribution and dedication to begining the preservation of this great nation.
Kem Richardson, Elizabethton Tennessee [08-23-2007] »»»

The decleration of Independence is a lot more orgonised than just "we rebel". It seems to be a very well thought out essay clearly stating why our founding fathers had the right, what their reasons were and that they had repetedly had tried other ways of solving the problems and complaints that they had with potitions and just as well thought out complaint letters just to be rejected and to also get a reverse reaction from the crown. It really shows what great men these people were and it is probably a group of people that the likes of which we will never see agian
James Knoer, Louisville [08-23-2007] »»»

In my personal and unintellectual opinion I'd say that they either were gienuses with a VAST vocab, or they were just filling in space with incomprehendable before college degree words that make no sense. Although they did talk with the voice of authority which made thier trife seem much worse than I'd originally come to think. One peculiar thing is that every couple of words had a "cap" as if it were a proper noun. It bugs me a little because I keep thinking of "National Treasures" when they cap the first letter in a word. Despite the "wierdness" of the whole thing, I'd say T.J. had a hec of a time trying to write that for them, but it was worth it so that we would be here today in out own country, not a part of Britan.
VendettaDaZippo, Louisville, Kentucky, 15 [08-23-2007] »»»

This is the first time I have ever read the Declaration of Independence. It was surprisingly easy and fun to read. I enjoyed it because the statements made about the King and his "tyrany" were very true and the point being made was great. I wasn't expecting the most famous and recognized speech in United States history to be this good. Our founding fathers definetly knew what they were talking about.
Clay Marrillia, Louisville, KY [08-23-2007] »»»

I thought that the Declaration is very well put and told our thoughts for that time very well. I also think that every person in the US should read the Declaration of Independence at some time because this is what our counrty was founded on. I thought that the Declaration told the thoughts of the people and the government very well and expressed full bravery in what the founding fathers wrote. The Declaration of Independence is the most important document in the history of the US and should be kept in our hearts becuase if not for this we wouldn't be here.
Austin Jones, Louisville,KY [08-23-2007] »»»

Its a good thing were not ruled by England. If it wasnt for these guys of lifes would be really different. A lot of the launguage they use though is really different from what we say today so that made it hard to comprehend.
james geddes, louisville [08-23-2007] »»»

This peace of writing is very moving. The strength these men had 2 stand up to the British knowing that if they lost the war they would indeed be killed for their treason.Im not sure i would have had the strength these men had. These men knew their lives were on the line and they were willing to give it all up for what they believe in as said in the last line of the declaration.
matt miller [08-23-2007] »»»

This was the first time I could actually understood what was written in the Declaration. Though it was confusing I thought of it as informative and well written. Was not the most interesting topic to read about but it told what was needed to be told. I can now see what the colonists had to deal with from their King.
Tyler Sabel, Louisville, KY [08-23-2007] »»»

The writers of the declaration of independence were well educated as shown by the great vocabulary used in the document. Many of these men who helped free the country went on to expand the knoweledge that helps us do the small tasks we do today, such as Benjamin Franklin's discovery of electricity.This document and the people who helped win our liberty show that the more knoweledge that you have, the greater the effect that you have on generations even two hundred years later.
Anthony Hart, Louisville, KY [08-23-2007] »»»

As I read The Declaration it makes me think about the great Americans who wrote this document. I respect the writers justfication for independence from Englands unfair king. The rights they speak of (life, liberty and pursuit of happiness)make me feel priviledged to be an American . It is amazing to me that these writers wrote this document 231 years ago and it still makes sense in todays society.
Zach Keller, Louisville [08-23-2007] »»»

I believe that the Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents of our time. The Declaration talks about how every man/woman is equal and when we turn 18 we have the right to vote and to pick our leaders. Even before we turn 18, we stil have the right to speak our opinions and minds in school and in everyday life. To me, to be able to speak our minds and pick our leaders is just amazing because, when we do, the people have a voice.
Stephen Milburn, Louisville [08-23-2007] »»»

anonymous [08-22-2007]

Luanne Montgomery [08-22-2007] »»»

Kristian [08-22-2007] »»»

I enjoyed the information on this site. JD
John D'Albano, Mastic Beach N.Y. [08-21-2007] »»»

daisy [08-21-2007] »»»

Shameika Lawrence, Columbus,Georgia 31906 [08-21-2007]

anonymous [08-21-2007] »»»

Lindsey, 11, Tennesse [08-20-2007] »»»

Trent D Jones, il pana [08-18-2007]

Very Patriotic. Very Masonic from another Irish Catholic Stand Point who visited the George Washington's Masonic X and it was Free?.
Frederick John Lanshe, Also I was with Gen. Nat. Greene's Reg., I like Living History Person and like secret chambers. [08-17-2007] »»»

jessie bateman, richland,ms 13 [08-16-2007] »»»

chase [08-16-2007]

im glad we got our independance.
VKyta [08-16-2007] »»»

I never knew what the Declaration really said till I went on this web site.It's a good sorce of information.Keep it up
Ivy Underwood [08-16-2007] »»»

esther, chantilly [08-14-2007]

This account was very helpful
John Evans, John Hart is myGreat Great Great Grand Father on My Mothers side. [08-14-2007] »»»

corey [08-14-2007]

I promtoe liberty in Nepal, Please visit
Krishna Neupane, Kathmandu Nepal [08-14-2007]

i love this!
Dani [08-13-2007] »»»

Proud that four people from Connecticut were original signers of the Declaration.
Martha Davidson, Connecticut [08-13-2007]

b [08-09-2007]

Would like to know more about George Walton, his parents, siblings, birth dates, death dates, uncle who adopted him, Anything at all.
Bo Walton, Madison, Ca. [08-08-2007] »»»

Just learned that James Wilson is a brother of one of my ancestors while studying genealogy. Thanks for sharing his life.
Joyce Fortner, Pulaski County Virginia [08-07-2007]

I simply love this "document". Ihave read it on numerous occasions. I discover someting new each reading. Not new, but draws my interest where it may have been skimmed before.
Keith A. Shepherd, Phila. Pa. [08-07-2007]

Looking through the signatories it is interesting to note that everyone is of British origin many were educated in England and a handful were borh here. My own ancestor Colonel Gilpin fought with Washington, who also is kin and was a pall bearer at his funeral.Perhaps more of a family feud than most would declare.
Rodney Gilpin, Wolverhampton, England [08-07-2007] »»»

very good site...very informative and useful
Mark Brockman [08-07-2007]

A very interesting site, thank you. Thank goodness that the ties between the British and the Americans got better, we even celebrated the bicentennial of the signing, take a look at
anonymous [08-01-2007] »»»

Thank you for making it easy to find the signers of The Declaration of Independence.
Cullin P. Dorsey, age 8 from Lancaster, PA [08-01-2007] »»»

John Hart, Is a distant cousin of mine it is on my mothers fathers side which would be my grandfater.I think it is really something that one of my relative signed the declaration of independence
Robert Rager [08-01-2007] »»»

C M Reynolds, Descendant of John Morton, SDI [08-01-2007]

Having lived more than half of my life 7 miles from center city Phila, tears come to my eyes when I reflect on the wonder of historical Philadelphia and the men representing the 13 colonies.
Kate Graham, Greenville, NC [08-01-2007] »»»

sorry forgot to say wonderfully informative sight, first time i have read the whole document. am interested now in button gwinnett.
gill fincher, british [07-30-2007] »»»

only way out of the situation you found yourselves in at that time. i wish we had the courage in this country to have our own declaration of independance.
gill fincher, british [07-30-2007] »»»

James Wilson is a decendent of mine. I enjoyed reading about him. thank you
Virginia Bell, Texas [07-27-2007] »»»

Direct descendent to John Hart
Nancy Page Parker [07-27-2007] »»»

i love reading about the history of the united states and the world as a whole and i love your website, THANKS.
CHINONYEREM OSUJI, stockbridge, 17 [07-26-2007]

i think that we should practice what he wrote in the modern day we should over throw or change all laws unnessary and unwanted rise up aginst the modern day king geroge
anonymous [07-26-2007] »»»

I am the grand daughter of the late Edward Rutledge who signed the Declaration of Independence,and we are getting a family tree together, but we are having a hard time finding out his mothers full name as well as his father, maybe someone might have some answer for us, Thank You, Sharon (Rutledge ) Johnston
Sharon Rutledge, Edward Rutledge was my Great,Great,maybe even /Great Grandfather [07-26-2007] »»»

A fine and well organized site. Very informative. These men were true heroes who put their lives and property at risk.
Mary, Detroit Michigan [07-25-2007] »»»

Ernesto Ruvalcaba [07-25-2007]

Rashara Carey [07-25-2007] »»»

kevin Callahan [07-25-2007]

like to no who u all tink wrote the declaration
singhR, Trini [07-25-2007] »»»

Thank you for the great site! Very useful.
John Kinnier, Captain, US Navy (Retd) [07-25-2007]

Rashara Carey [07-23-2007] »»»

Garrett Sharp [07-23-2007] »»»

Thank You for all of the work that you have done to put this wonderful site together. I am a 5 times great grandaughter of John Hart. It is really amazing about who a persons relative can be if you really want to know. If anyone is a relative of John Hart, please e-mail me. Thank you again.
Bonnie Bennett, Topeka, Ks [07-23-2007] »»»

I'm a soldier of the 10th Mountain Division, I major in history and am also a Purple Heart receipient. I think history along with US Government are the most important subjects that our children should learn. This is a wonderful website. Keep it up.
Ed Silverthorn, Fort Drum, New York [07-23-2007] »»»

cary [07-21-2007]

Thanks for all your hard work in putting this site together.
Marty Nowling, slc, ut, 27, [07-20-2007] »»»

Randy, Las Vegas,NV age 12 [07-20-2007]

Margo Rasteiro [07-19-2007] »»»

If there are relatives interested in connecting to discuss ancestory and genealogical information, I am interested (
Donna Jones, I am a decendent of Dr. Benjamin Rush [07-19-2007] »»»

I strongly support and believe in the beliefs of our fathers. It's too bad our leaders are veering off of what should be holding the U.S. strongly together.
Nydia Valencia, Douglas AZ, age 25, single, no children [07-18-2007]

George washington was a big nice and joyful man like santa clause
Amber, 646161 school house Rd Pa 15924 [07-18-2007] »»»

Ashanti Betts, I stay in Cleveland, Ohio [07-17-2007]

I think the signers did a wonderful job, too bad they are not with us today, we could use their comnon sense approach to daily life in the US. However, this is still the most wonderful place on God's good earth to live.
Margie Mullinix, My great etc, Uncle was John Hart who signed this document [07-17-2007] »»»

ben [07-16-2007]

I have been mulling this over for days. Should I post a political message here? No audience could be more sympathetic to my cause than this one. When I noticed that the entries are screened, the decision was easy. I will make it very brief: If you want a president who would return to following the constitution, do a web-search for "Ron Paul."
David Jones, age 60 - California [07-16-2007]

I am overwhelmingly joyed to see that there are others in these great states of ours that understand the importance of what are founding fathers stood behind. To those who read this please keep education and self development alive.
W.S.Bauer, descendant of J. Bartlett [07-16-2007]

I love how detailed our rights are as American citizens
Jose Guerrero [07-16-2007]

TiFFANY CANDiC3 ANDUJAR, MASTiC3 N.Y. [07-15-2007] »»»

I believe that the US government should re-read these declarations and try to follow the guidlines these courageuos men gave to us as a historical memorandum of how the USA should be governed as it was established with God in mind as our sovereign King Who should be or God, our Father of Our country, and our creator of our inalianble rights as free people of a country that He helped these men to set forth as a country under Him.These men worked hard at proposing a fair constitution as a basis and foundation of our declaration of independence from all oppression and undemocratic governance. We need to remember what happened here and never forget all the ones who fought for our right to be free by giving their lives to establish this democratic government for all.To stand for what we belive in and support it with all conscious efforts to maintain it.I could hardly believe how beautifull all this history I read was until I read it, and remembered all the years that I have lived and had the honor to be an ancestor and an American, and to duely be an Ameican,to walk free knowing my past and present and future was given to me, my children,and grandchildren out of an unselfish love for people of many generaions to have to hold and to be a part of, "America,the free, the bold and the righteuos as examples of our past forefathers who could not give us enough,but they gave us a memory, a history,and a living will for us all to possess for ever of themselves.God Bless Us all America Continue to stand together to help one another, America, for the rights we have to freely proclaim this boughtiful heritage and never to forsake these God given rights...
Penny, Santa Fe, NM [07-14-2007] »»»

payton foster [07-14-2007]

I believe our leader should read the Constitution more often and be reminded of what it is standing for in their daily duty
louis Huguet [07-14-2007] »»»

Tracking Lyman Hall to see if I am related.
JOHN HALL [07-13-2007] »»»

I think there should be more History in Schools. I just found out recently that George Clymer is related to me. Our country has gone to the dogs & something needs to be done soon.
Geraldine Climer Leavell, Sand Springs, Okla [07-13-2007] »»»

I am thankful that God has given us the gift of life and has allowed us to be in this beautiful and free country. We need to respect His creation so generations to come can also live here freely. Our forefathers had great foresight and common sense that we need to follow.
Gayle Rugh, Columbiana, Ohio (07-11-07) [07-12-2007]

I think that you poeple need to make a bigger text in the Declartion of Independence please. Declartion lady, Sofia Walz-Chojnacki
sofia, no [07-12-2007] »»»

mau, manila, 16, dlsu [07-12-2007] »»»

Linda Michelle Elliott, Houston, Texas; age 33 [07-10-2007]

The Declaration of Independence is the most valuable bill to this nation behind the Constitution. We shall always treasure it.
Mark, Harlan Iowa 48 [07-10-2007]

I like this site of the declaration of Independence but I will like more information of the other signers that signed the declaration of Independence.
Emily, 0maha, 20, [07-10-2007] »»»

i hate your website
ruben gutierrez, i am hot [07-10-2007] »»»

Just my thought: What was being done to Americans that got here by whatever means was considered wrong for British People to do---- So lets just cut them out and use that system for benefit. It worked for them. Today whats happening there is gradually coming to America. It's sinful and wrong now too. Just my thought.
Lawrence Williams [07-10-2007] »»»

this is a perfect book 4r u
critina bolanos, 20years old [07-10-2007] »»»

Great site! Thanks for all the great work. I cam,e to the site as I was doing some personal research on the Declaration of Independence. I strongly believe that this Declaration as well as the Constitution of the United States are God inspired and directed documents and that He (God) raised up those men who framed them at that particular time and for that very purpose.
Val O'Donnal, Maj USAF (Ret), Spokane, WA [07-09-2007] »»»

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
God [07-09-2007] »»»

davidm, orlando,florida/36/meadowwods area of orlando, 1 mile north of city of kissimmee(BVL area). [07-08-2007]

I have always loved history, and when at Independence Hall, I can just picture these great men. It is a thrill to read their biographies, especially Caesar Rodney--my sister taught in his school district in Delaware. Also, I agree with the person who said everey American should read the declaration at least once a year. As a whole, we tend to forget what a great country we have, and what a miracle it was that independence ever happened at all, with the incredibly bad odds against it.
jean, scranton [07-08-2007] »»»

Robert Lake [07-08-2007] »»»

I think early American Documents like The Declaration of Independence are really interesting! I love your website!
Peter [07-08-2007]

i am firnly convinced that all high school sophmores should be aware of the declaration and the articles of confederation
s.f. pangerl, spokane, washington [07-08-2007] »»»

A wonderfull compilation of the Historical beginnings of the United States of America.
Neva and Dalton Sturtridge, Atascadero 87 yrs. [07-07-2007] »»»

in reading the mini biographies of these great men,i felt as if they were looking over my shoulder.i wonder how they would answer if i could ask them,"how we doing so far?"
gary [07-07-2007] »»»

Matthew Thornton is my great great great grandfather. Proven through my family tree.
Chris Thornton, Ottawa Ks, 21 [07-07-2007] »»»

this is incredible to me i L.O.V.E history like this
anonymous [07-07-2007] »»»

I think that The Declaration of Independence is a great document. It brings peace to our world.If anything would happen to it our world would fall apart.
Kendra [07-07-2007] »»»

smart ideas made possible by the geniuses of tha age of time
Jeanette Narverud, Henderson,17 yrs old [07-06-2007] »»»

I believe that the political system has forgotten our creater, The Lord Jesus Christ he was after all very much involved in the building of this country. It's a shame people don't care about our founding fathers.
Malinda Wright, Archer City, TX. age 44 [07-06-2007]

the first time i saw a copy of the declaration of independence i was able to read the declaration whole and i can read we the people all of it. i gave colin powell a typed copy of the documents.
brandon mattox, stillwater, oklahoma [07-06-2007]

I find this all very fascinating.
Lou Ellen Ridenour, My maiden name was Biddle [07-06-2007] »»»

Very interesting. I'll send to many friends. Amased how little I knew of the Declaration.
bob zimmerman, philadelphia, 70 years old [07-06-2007] »»»

Great website. My son can use it for school as well as I for reference. Thanks,
VIcky L. Campbell, San Diego, CA [07-06-2007]

america rulessssssssssssssss
fattie, tamila [07-06-2007]

I just happen to come across this site and was reading what was said about Thomas (Tom) Stone. My mother is a Stone. We have records of Tom being a relative. I never knew anthing about him, until what I have read today. Thank you for sharing what little you have about him.
Daniel Suhy, Spartanburg, SC [07-06-2007] »»»

I would like t know more about Stephen Hopkins of Rhode Island. Was he a descendant of Stephen Hopkins of the Mayflower Passenger list?
Barbara Appleton Reid [07-05-2007] »»»

I live for July 4th ~ my favorite holiday! And I look forward to watching "1776" every year, just to remind me what these men and their divine inspriation gave to all of us, fortunate to have been born AMERICANS. I only hope that they continue to intervene and guide us in our times of crisis. I believe they do. These men were indeed touched by the hand of God.
Caroline Adams, Dallas TX [07-05-2007] »»»

This is the first time I have ever read this document and shame on me. It had to have had inspiration from above, absolutely amazing document. I am proud to be an American and have a new respect for all founding fathers of this country.
Sharon, Big Spring, Texas [07-05-2007] »»»

Having been born and raised in Boston, I was feeling very sentimental on this, the 231st birthday of our country. I was moved to reread the Declaration of Independence ~ still one of the most impressive documents in history. The Continental Congressmen of 1776 were truly brave heroes taking such a leap of faith and determination. We need to remember them often.
Michelle Vancura [07-05-2007]

I have never read the Declaration, and I thought it was about time.
anonymous, Iowa City, IA, age 67 [07-04-2007] »»»

I planned to read the declaration today, but NPR beat me to it by having their reporters read it aloud. This site is excellent, because of the text and the bios. We should read the Declaration aloud every year on this date as a public proclamation, and as a patriotic tribute to our founders. The ideas are something we all believe in Democrat, Republican or unaffiliated. It would help us focus on our shared and demanding commitments.
cynthia ripley scoggin, Napa, California [07-04-2007] »»»

Michael Weinberger, East Brunswick, NJ [07-04-2007]

As ever, truly inspiring. It is a document that each of us should read every July 4th and not only in our schools. It is also one that we should remember and reference along with the US Constitution, in these trying times.
SteveF, Morrisville, PA (named after Robert Morris, one of the signers) [07-04-2007] »»»

Edward Rutledge was my great great... uncle. It makes me so happy to see my last name on this web. thanks!
kayla rutledge [07-04-2007] »»»

Tom, Albuquerque, 33, mental health worker [07-04-2007]

I can only thank you for opening our eyes, reminding all of us why we should respect and love our Freedom. It is, unfortunately, taken too lightly in our days. I want to believe that " The Eye of The Providence" will stay with us for our "Pursuit of Happiness", "IN GOD WE TRUST".
Mireille Defontaine [07-04-2007] »»»

Reference these phrases - "laying it's Foundation on such Principles, & organizing it's Powers in such Form,"...are these typos really in the original document? (The "it's" should be "its". This is an error I see very often today, but I would be surprised if members of Congress in the 1770's were making this error...) Just wondering...jg
Jeanne C. Gardner, Monument, CO, age 50 [07-04-2007] »»»

God bless them all
anonymous [07-04-2007]

Upon reflection on this Independence Day, I'm convinced our nations birth is nothing short of a miracle from God. ANNUIT COEPTIS. God truly favored our endeavor and continues to bless us to this day.
Willard Lacy, Biloxi, MS, age 42 [07-04-2007]

Happy Independence Day!
Stardragon the Canadian, [07-04-2007] »»»

Everything in here is as true today as it was hundreds of years ago. A marvel of human thought, and a justifiable creation to celebrate.
Kristin B., San Francisco, CA [07-04-2007]

Think it is time we citizens gather together and act on this document the same way the writers acted on this document in 1776. It reads like an exact script of how oppressive our government is today.
Kary Chappell, Denver [07-04-2007]

David Price, Illinois [07-04-2007]

Horray for the founding fathers!
anonymous [07-04-2007] »»»

It has been a long time since I have read this back in school. Truly Awesome!
Thomas Johnson, Loves Park, IL [07-04-2007] »»»

With all of our problems we are still the greatest nation in the world. We are also giving and forgiving.
Sylvia R. Haydel [07-04-2007]

What a wonderful website. Can you direct me to the information containing what would have happened to the signers of the Declaration of Independence and treason if America did not win the Revolution.
Mary Trudeau, Thousand Oaks, CA [07-04-2007] »»»

4 July 07 As all Americans celebrate the 231st Independence Day, we need to reflect on all of the Army, Marines, Navy and Air Forces who have defended the Liberty we enjoy for hundreds of years. I offer my sincere thanks to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces for thier untold sacrafices in defending the greatest nation on earth.
Richard [07-04-2007]

I Love my Country and I believe we should live all information from and by every word of the Declaration of Independence. In 3 days, that day will never come again. ( 7 / 7 / 2007 )
Clara Toney, 63 [07-04-2007] »»»

Thank you founding Fathers and God Bless America!
Howard Sipe, age 72 from Pittsburgh originally. [07-04-2007] »»»

Dave Martin [07-04-2007] »»»

I think the declaration is one of the most important documents in history. I was impressed with this website and loved the information it has to offer.
Jessica, Northfield, MA Age 17 [07-04-2007] »»»

I am proud to be a citizen of such a great country. I am proud to be an American. God bless America. We are still standing because God is still on our side. We need to keep looking up if we still want to be a great nation. "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD." Psalms 33:12
Lanae, fl [07-04-2007]

This site is very educational. Thank you!
Sandra, Omaha [07-04-2007]

Today being the 4th of July, I thought it appropriate to read the Declaration of Independence. I am not sure why it called out to me so loudly this year when I have never read it or really felt the need to. When I quieted myself and read the immortal words that formed our country, I cried. These 56 men, and those who stood with them and supported them, have created something to be very, very proud of. Now the work is ours to carry on - to continue making our country one that we (and their memories) can truly be proud of. Keep up the good fight, Patriots!
Andrea, Missouri [07-04-2007] »»»

I frequently thank God for having the privilege of having born in the United States.
Virginia L. Sims, Pensacola, Fl. 80 [07-04-2007] »»»

jeff foster, north little rock arkansas [07-04-2007] »»»

I am amazed at the courage of our four fathers. It is with great pleasure that I read this and understand what it means to be free. God bless us all this Independence Day.
Michelle Volesky, Gold Canyon, AZ 42 [07-04-2007]

It has been so long since I have thought about the Declaration, wanted to brush up on some facts....thanks for the chance with this web site.
Helen Maddox, Lynchburg, Virginia [07-04-2007]

Today I pray my sister will wake up as she is critical for 1 week today. I've always been so happy on the 4th of July; with God's help, it'll be the best 4th yet! Have a good day and count your blessings.
Annette, 68 yrs. born & raised in the UNITED STATES! [07-04-2007]

your sites great!
kendall!, preston, MD [07-04-2007] »»»

Kelli Burrell [07-04-2007] »»»

As is my normal custom on July 4, I woke up before anyone else in the household and read the Declaration of Independence. What a truly wonderful document. Each time I read it, I am amazed and in awe of the Founding Fathers. Affixing their signature to such a document showed the true character of each Founder. They knew quite well what signing meant, but they were willing to commit treason to stand up for their beliefs and to fight for the freedoms we cherish and sometimes take for granted today. Did any of them have the foresight as to what that document would mean, not only to the people of America, but also to the world as a whole? Could they have known how that document would change the world? Could they have known that one day, those freedoms they were willing to sacrifice their lives for, would cause so much jealousy over two hundred years later and would cause others to kill Americans to try to take those freedoms away? The “Facts…submitted to a candid world” were enough to label each Founder a trader to the British Crown, yet each Founder believed in what they were doing so much and stood behind those beliefs so much, that they were willing to sign their name to the very document that, if they did not succeed, would be their death warrants. Are there any of us today willing to do that for our country? The only ones that come to mind are the American soldiers currently in harms way; willing to fight to ensure we keep the freedoms the Founders were willing to fight to give us. God Bless the Red, White, and Blue; God Bless the American Soldier, and God Bless the United States of America. Happy Independence Day.
Tena, Knoxville, TN [07-04-2007] »»»

Deborah L. Wilson [07-04-2007] »»»

The Declaration has become annual reading for our family. For me, it provides a "sanity check" with respect to the conduct of OUR Federal government. We have lost control and allowed it to lead us, instead of it existing at the pleasure of the consent of the governed.
Don [07-04-2007] »»»

If only today's leaders were so inspired.
Larry Joel Heron, Riverton, Wy [07-04-2007] »»»

What a wonderful site!
Myron M. Miller, Located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina [07-04-2007]

July 4, 2007- Annually on Independence Day, at dawn, I read the Declaration of Independence. I am awed, amazed, and humbled at what those Patriots envisioned and accomplished. We are a Grateful People and A Great Nation. God Bless the Founders and America on this July Fourth.
Steve, North Carolina [07-04-2007] »»»

Age75. descendant of John Edwards, older brother of Edward. My paternal grandmother was a Rutledge.
Carolyn J. Mc Gough Augenstein, Lakeport Ca formerly from AL [07-04-2007] »»»

Andrea Molina, California, USA. 23 [07-04-2007]

It is an absolute marvel of modern history.I look forward to visiting it in Washington D.C.
Thelma Dean, Hillister,Texas [07-04-2007] »»»

It should be mandatory for every sudent of school age to access this site. It is excellent.
Ana Elena Cuebas Vargas, Cataño, Puerto Rico [07-04-2007]

On the eve of our annual celebration, we all should reflect apon the last line of this great docucment. Are we willing to sacrafice for our nation in todays would what they did at our nations birth.
Wm T Wuest [07-04-2007] »»»

7/4/2007 7:12:32 AM; ©☼♀☺∞®2/3@; John Wesley Blum. ATTN: THIS CONCERNS MY NEVER ENDING BELIEF IN GOD. Declaration of Independence from those that accepted the “’mark of the beast”’ in the era of technology: Reasons are as follows: 1) The establishment of a “’kingdom as of yet”’ through technological defilements has brought about a breach of public trust due to the violation of the separation of Church and State. This violation is based upon discrimination towards certain lineages that have been implemented unknowingly and without their consent; leading to inequal treatment, ownership, a new form of enslavement, control through coercive tactics, and the taking of innocent children to be raised for lucre. 2) Laws governing the separation of Church and State have been violated against those implemented without personal consent or acceptance, and the Civil Rights legislation signed into law during the years of the 1960’s has been violated based upon the word discrimination which includes the inequal treatment of others based upon a favoritism due to those accepting implementations referred to as the “’mark of the beast”’ against those that did not accept these “’markings”’. 3) This type of discrimination has only been allowed due to the many years it has been committed without any argument or debate by the public, and the reasoning is that of the public’s non-awareness as to the truth concerning implementations that were committed through medical malpractices during normal operative procedures. This breach of the public’s trust is the most serious violation that has ever occurred within the Medical establishment of the United States of America, and warrants a Declaration of Independence from the practices of those involved in the violation of Church and State by using the denial of God as a rationalization to experiment upon the citizenry of the United States. 4) Medical Science and the technology of computers has advanced more rapidly than any area of study within the history of the United States, and due to this truth those that have abused their knowledge have taken advantage of the commonwealth citizenry that is not ordinary, yet also not adept at the areas of study concerned. This advance within these sciences has been used to breach the trust of the public by disinforming the citizenry concerning the elements used for the medical procedures that have been referred to through media, Bible, and social discussion as the “’mark of the beast”’. Silicates and computer chips have been used for the implementing of a technology within the body of the citizenry without their approval and ability to remove such technology which has led to programs based upon electro-magnetic radiations, computer chip digital technology, and silicates to defile the body through an internal and external program that is based upon controlling the body through mechanizing the ability of both mentality and physicality. This control is on a level that is against the laws governing society, and because it was enacted without any legislation governing such process has violated all laws protecting the citizenry of their individual rights to freedom, security, and privacy. 5) Certain lineages have been targeted in this manner by other lineages that have either accepted these defilements and/or are in control of the implementing that is occurring. This type of treatment is a genocide that is occurring, and no legislations have been enacted to end these abuses. The unraveling of DNA that is caused through these means is proof that it is detrimental to the health of those implemented, and due to not being informed or asked for consent in respect to these implementations, the violations are that of a criminal nature against lineages that have been targeted; genocide is the only way this can be described. Due to the inaction of those governing the United States of America, in respect to legislations that would compensate, alleviate, and/or end this medical malpractice on a National level, it is mandatory to Declare Independence from those that have accepted the “’mark of the beast”’, made deals concerning the implementing of children not even yet born, and those that failed in their duty to assure the citizenry protection from such harms. These basic factors of a need, necessity, and want for independence from those that have accepted being defiled is based upon 230+ years of legislation that has not been enforced due to the deception that there was not a problem concerning the violation of rights of the citizenry. However, medical malpractices that are a part of the complete implementing of every citizen within America is a serious problem even if the implementations are denied by those entrusted to safeguard the country. Denial of rights and the violations thereof are serious, yet have been denied openly; meaning that the denial of implementations occurring on a National level is a denial the same based upon the deception of those that have participated in the process that has a means of genocide as the result towards those targeted. The only solution to this violation of the separation of Church and State is to end the abuses through rationalizations which have made medical malpractices “’seemingly”’ not violations of religious belief in that medicine is a science. Again, the truth concerning violations are that of the denial by those corrupt, deceptive use of language is to deny the rights of those violated, and science and religion do have relative aspects within both areas of study. For those that believe in Government, this is not a Declaration against Government law; it is a Declaration against the corrupt within Government who have allowed for this to occur. For those that believe in the Church, this is not a Declaration against any religious belief; it is a Declaration for the belief in Christianity that has written scripture concerning these events. And, for those that believe in both Government and the Church, this is not a Declaration against either side; it is a Declaration for both to live together with the freedoms of protection to worship, serve, and believe as we choose according to law. 7/4/2007 7:46:20 AM; ©☼♀☺∞®2/3@; John Wesley Blum. Signed on a third of July, 2007. John Wesley Blum
John Wesley Blum, Born 'of, and have born 'ofs [07-04-2007] »»»

I love my Country, but I am scared of my Government... Thanks for the great website.
Henry Becker, Chatsworth, CA USA [07-04-2007]

Nicole Sees, Port Leyden Ny [07-04-2007] »»»

Jenifer Wirshels, New port richey 30 [07-04-2007] »»»

Thank you for having this site for us to visit. I needed some information for a presentation I'm doing at chuech and this helped me . Thanks again.
Gerry Davis, Baker, La 70714 [07-04-2007] »»»

We have so much to be grateful for. Pray for our people in the armed services. Pray for peace.
Glenda Goehrs, Austin, TX [07-04-2007]

America is democracy at its best. Whether you love her or hate her, you are free to say so. I for one love her and am proud to be an American. God bless you and may God continue to bless America.
Shelly [07-04-2007] »»»

A few years ago, my children and I spent 10 days visiting the Washington, DC area. Of all of the things that we saw (and we saw a lot!), the thing that was most meaningful to my kids was viewing the Declaration of Independence and Consitution. You can't imagine how wonderful it made me feel to know that my 11 and 12 year old kids understood the importance of these documents. I visited your website today so that I could take a time to re-read the Declaration. Important stuff; everyone should do it. A great read for a little history of the Revolutionary War is in a book entitled "1776." Most American citizens have no idea how very close we came to losing that war. Happy Birthday, America!
Brenda Mustain, Golden, Colorado [07-04-2007] »»»

Everyone should visit this site at least once.
Ron Porter, wichita, ks [07-04-2007]

Brad Ashens [07-04-2007]

Osman mohmmed, chicago IL [07-04-2007]

GOD Bless America
Hugh McClanahan [07-04-2007]

Like our forefathers, I'm a libertarian and give thanks every 4th of July to these gentlemen for having the courage to risk their lives and limbs to break away from King George and to state their reasons so eloquently--most rebels don't bother. And lastly I thank them just as much if not more for not usurping the power they took from the King, but instead giving it to the people by establishing such a free form of government.
John Yackley, Chicago, 37 years old [07-04-2007]

where were these inalienable rights when my ancestors were being murdered and butchered for thier homes and hunting grounds?
Anthony J Ferguson, Sapulpa Oklahoma [07-03-2007]

Thank you for this helpful, informative site. I really appreciate you for making it available.
Carol, North Richland Hills, Texas [07-03-2007] »»»

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robert st. john, memphis, tn 44 [07-02-2007]

I know that our nation was found was founded for independence, but if you read the last few sentences of this you can see that it was also founded on dependece for God, so why have we now turned so far from that
chris, newport tn 22 [07-02-2007] »»»

I love this site
Gizzy [07-02-2007]

I think the Declaration of Independence was a wounderful peace of document in history.
Patrick W. Wenzel, Medford, Oregon, 29 [07-02-2007] »»»

Kerry Duggan, dc [07-02-2007]

it is a great honor to visit this site because all the past you are looking at makes you feel really good
ashley [07-02-2007] »»»

Great information. I shared much of this with an adult Sunday School class class. I was impressed with the extensive knowledge my church family possessed. It would have been nice to have a comparison of stats pertaining o the signers of the document i.e. place of birth,profession, and other interesting facts to compare the people involved in our past struggles as a country to be free.
anonymous, Richmond, VA [07-02-2007] »»»

I would just like to see our country live up to the Declaration of Independence. We have turned our backs on it and God. Our forefathers founded this great nation on God. I would like to see us turn back to God and then our problems will not be so great or at least bearable. The Word of God says "He will not put on us greater than we could bear IF we will do His will and obey Him." Thanks for letting me get a word in for God.
Norma Lee, Tulsa, Oklahoma 53 [07-02-2007] »»»

Hannah [07-02-2007]

Great resource, thanks.
Martin L. Johnson, Ph. D, Neptune, NJ., 68, Conference Prelate [07-01-2007]

I think that history is very important and after watching National Treasure I have become even more interested in it. I love to read books and search the web in hope to find out more about our country and understand what these men did for our freedom
Sammie, 13 [07-01-2007]

I really have no thoughts of this site, I enjoy history and very much enjoyed this site. I recommend this site to anyone that enjoys history and wants to discover more of how our independence from the King of England began. Thank you for your site. Bryan D. McCain
Bryan D. McCain, Las Vegas, Nv [07-01-2007] »»»

It is amazing to picture of one writing this. That they would go to the farthest ends of the earth to be free. These honorable figures realized they could be hanged, thrown in a dungeon to rot forever! etc. They stood for what they thought was right for their people. They did not think of the supplies they would need or armies or even cities falling. But they cared for the people over all things toward the greater good! For example what if the there was an earthquake in the colonies, parliament couldn't be there, but congress could. Men murdered in battles fighting for a cause greater than any. Families sadened. Armies needing support. And need of homes for many. Though still life goes on. For bravery, for the pure, for the free. WE ARE AMERICANS!
Kinsey Wick, Pittsburgh, 10 [07-01-2007] »»»

This sight is the bomb diggity!
anonymous [07-01-2007] »»»

Thank God that He put these great men on earth and to be in the right place at the right time.
Bob Ryan, Providence, Rhode Island [07-01-2007] »»»

This is a fabulous document!
Cheryl & Chris Fox, Lansing, MI [07-01-2007]

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Princess, 16, Da 813 [07-01-2007]

Thank God for our great Christian Heritage. What a blessing that our forefathers were unashamed to make a Declaration of Dependence upon Almighty God. Men who recognize that our rights and liberties are given by God and who had a deep abiding faith & trust in Him. Where are they today? "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD." Psalm 33:12
Bob Griffith, 6/30/07 [07-01-2007] »»»

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