I learned so much of this in school..."give me liberty or give me death"..there is so much more to learn. Why are these things not being taught in our classrooms. The Declaration of Independence and the reasons for it need to to taught. Thank our for this site. I will return to it more often.
Elebia Cantrell Bell, 66 yrs old, born in Alabama married and live in Texas [09-30-2010] »»»
My Father was a Pearl Harbor survivor part of the Pacific Campaign in WWII every veteran should be honord and thanked war is not a job that we want but we need to do when called for to all who have sacrificed and still do thank you.....
stephen, proud to be an American [09-30-2010] »»»
i think that this is inportanat
ANDREA, richmond va 23223 [09-30-2010]
Danny Smith, Nashville, NC [09-30-2010] »»»
Do some push ups on the ground!
Thanks for helping
Sadie Olsen, Just reading the Declaration of Independence for school [09-30-2010]
Great sight! Used the info for helping my children on a school project. I'm looking forward to reading more about the Signers.
Lorie Sheard [09-30-2010]
hay hello my name is alyssa and i think you already and if you please give me a few short and easy facts on the declaration
alyssa farra, hello [09-30-2010]
Tanya Gansor, I am a direct decent of William Floyd [09-30-2010]
I recentantly learned that my ancestor Oliver wolcott of Connecticut signed the declaration of independance and it has renewed my passion for American history
Ginger Abbott, I am a descendant of Oliver wolcott [09-27-2010]
this web page helped me a lot for my presentation about the declaration of independence. it's very helpful,caus all this stuff is very detailed and well-explained. a nice web page :)
anna [09-26-2010] »»»
Thank you very much! I looked up the document to check on the exact wording, usage, and context of the phrase: "...the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God..." I was delighted to find the comparison chart, showing evolutionary changes in the Declaration of Independence. I found this most encouraging, since I have been (for better or for worse: for some twenty-five years now) drafting some proposed "People's Pledges and Declarations for Peace" ó attempting to identify and express some intellectually and scientifically defensible, effective, and testable "Highest Common Ideals" for peace throughout the world...(perhaps, someday, beyond!) It is my hope that these offerings will be widely inspiring to people and responsible institutions as ethical standards and instruments of commitment; that they will help people everywhere, in due time (one hopes sooner than later!) to transcend merely partisan politics and religious/cultural differences and allow the underlying issues to be discussed, debated, and resolved more productively, efficiently, pleasantly, and safely.
Peter Bruce DuMont, STAR ALLIANCE ó FOUNDATION FOR ALL, Berkeley, California; age 59 [09-24-2010] »»»
I believe that all Presidential candidates should be able to recite the Declaration of Independence before they can qualify to run for office. Our present President recently quoted from the document and somehow omitted 'by their Creator' when citing, endowed.......with certain unalienable rights.
Greg [09-24-2010] »»»
BreAshia Johnson [09-24-2010]
i thnk the declaration of independence is really neat im lovin all the cool info its so neat.gtg
lindsey m., 13 yrs. monticello i love u.s. history [09-24-2010] »»»
"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security." This is my favorite line in the entire declaration
the Declaration of Independence made what we are today.
anonymous [09-23-2010] »»»
Connie Christian, Atlanta Ga [09-22-2010] »»»
Heidi Smith, Caldwell, Idaho [09-22-2010]
Wayne J. R. Bowser [09-21-2010] »»»
claire [09-21-2010] »»»
kathy hall, 19 [09-21-2010]
One of the greatest achievement by men.
Walter A. Avalos, /g\ [09-20-2010]
this is pretty darn intresting
anonymous [09-18-2010] »»»
I was told when I was a child that my great, great.... Grandfather was william Floyd who signed the Declaration Of Indepence. I found out after my grandfather died that his middle name was Floyd. I have always been proud to be related to him.
anonymous [09-17-2010] »»»
Manny Llamas, Nevada [09-16-2010]
A great site for initial research.
Charles Spiering [09-16-2010] »»»
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to visit this site and even printing the interesting material on it free.
francis vance, hamlin, wv [09-16-2010]
genie spice, dallas texas G RELATED [09-15-2010]
The most important things we as Americans MUST do is get educated on our Founding Documents. Your website is a good source for that education and I appreciate it.
Wayne Church, Surprise, AZ http://foundersblog.waynechurch.net [09-15-2010]
The ThinkQuest project is designed to help students realize that the Declaration of Independence is just as meaningful today as when it was first written. It is the bedrock our all of our freedoms. Our Founding Fathers were Fabulous!
Mary Dunsmoor, 4th grade teacher who is currently doing a ThinkQuest project on the Declaration of Independence [09-14-2010]
I Am Interested in If AnyOne Knows Why There Were Only 56 Signatures. Why Didn't Washington, Madison, Monroe, Hamilton, Burr, Revere, Tilghman Or Others Sign??????
Butch Jones, Pasadena MD [09-14-2010] »»»
I believe the MEANING of the Declaration of Independence is that each of us exits because of the same creative process, the rights to which each of us are entitled are necessarily equal. Such rights are best understood as FREEDOMS from interference, either by other people or by government of course implies that others are entitled to be free from interference. And the Importance of the Declaration of independence is in addition to announcing the colonies freedom from the British rule, this sets forth the founding principles of the United States of America. The importance has not diminished since its adoption in 1776. Its initial importance was limited as a formal declaration of freedom. And the INTENT of the Declaration of Independence would be one of the ideas that Jefferson wrote about was the freedom of religion. This was a core idea that made the basis of a republican society work.
Paul Christensen [09-14-2010] »»»
boring but a good site for a project
Michael Williams [09-14-2010] »»»
Cynthia George [09-14-2010] »»»
Jonie, Pennsylvania [09-13-2010]
To think of our great Country's forefathers seeing today what has become, due greatly to this document, gives me the utmost honor to be born native and live in peace with my fellow man in such a place where our freedoms and liberty are a birthright.
Chad Mitchell Littleton, Charlotte NC [09-13-2010] »»»
This site really does Justice to The Declaration, I am American, but I am currently in England. (coming home in October!) This is the best site to get info on the Declaration.
Taylor Didusch, Williamsburg, Ohio 18 [09-13-2010] »»»
on a day like today, the Declaration of Independence is the greatest document written.
lorraine [09-13-2010] »»»
This is the greatest document ever written, how now can I shirk from her beauty.
Christian Contreras, Brooklyn, N.Y. [09-11-2010]
Our unalienable rights are God given therefore we must as individuals give back to God our full attention in order to save our country.Faith,Hope and Love is the beginning of the truth by which we all need to live.My faith is in Jesus Christ creator of all things seen and unseen, of heaven and earth.
Anthony Martinez, 52 years old. [09-11-2010]
joseph smith, phoenix,arizona 36yrs old [09-10-2010] »»»
Monica, age: 23, Arizona [09-10-2010] »»»
thxxx this was all usfull info for my project ect,
timothy, onawa IA 18 [09-10-2010] »»»
I think this site is great for students.
Ryan Redfield, Minnesota [09-10-2010] »»»
THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE The intent of the Declaration of Independence was to inform the world of the abuses of King George 111 of Great Brittan that justified Independence. In the day leading up to the Declaration by the Continental Congress, there were many Americans who have not yet decided which side they wanted to be on. My guess is that reason for their indecisiveness was the fact that in the 18th century (1700ís), the United States of America was not a country. It was a colony of Great Brittan and all the people had to do what the King of Great Brittan said. But in thirteen years of fighting (1763 to 1776), the colonies went from loyal subjects, helping the war cause, to actual rebels, intent on expelling Britain from the world it had conquered, and intent on its own independence. The meaning of the Declaration of Independence is that all people are created equal. Everyone should have rights, the right of life, freedom and happiness. It was meant so the people can make a government to protect their rights of life, freedom and happiness so they can be safe. Also, the government must do what the people say and it is called a democracy. The way in which this democracy was created is in the year 1776, the American people wanted to make America a country, they met in the American city of Philadelphia. During the meeting on June 20, 1776, they gave an important job to John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, Robert R. Livingston of New York and Roger Sherman of Connecticut. They wanted them to write a paper that said why America should be a country and that the leaders of America would use this paper to declare independence and make America apart from Great Britain. The importance of the Declaration of Independence, The Declaration of Independence is the most important of all American historical documents written by Thomas Jefferson, one of our nationís founding fathers and it was given formal acceptance in the year 1776. It is a partisan document presented to the world with a unique combination of general principles and an abstract theory of government with a detail enumeration of specific grievance and injustices has given it enduring power as one of a great political document of the West.
Karen George [09-09-2010] »»»
In reading the short biography of Caesar Rodney, I was amazed and disappointed. Many of the signers of the Declaration of Independence suffered greatly and lost everything they possessesd including their families. They knew, that in placing their signatures on this magnificent document, they were signing their own death warrents. I am not interested in the political careers of these heros, I want to know about the cost they paid for this free land we take for granted
jERI jUAREZ [09-08-2010]
Lewis Lainhart, Ohio [09-08-2010]
I was watching some of the "EMMY" awards this past Monday night & when Kyra Sedgewick won Best Actress there was trivia about her ancestor also a signee of the Dec of Independence. On National TV it was said that she gets a 'Royalty' every year on July 4TH. I want to know if this is TRUE & what our family has to do to also get these royalties. My Uncle Bills' eldest daughter has set-up a scholarship in my Grandmothers name in Albany, N.Y. University. I cannot speak for all the family; however, if there is money owed to us - we would probably want it to go into this scholarship. Hope to hear from you soon as I will be contacting the Hooper Clan. thank-you & sincerely, Nola Gibbs. P.S. I am Grandmas namesake
Nola Gibbs, Both my mothers' parents trace back to the "Mayflower" & my mothers eldest brother is named William King Hooper ; named after the William Hooper who signed the Dec of Independence. [09-08-2010] »»»
Letter to my son taking a college course Philosophy 103- Introduction to Ethics at Penn State: American Philosophy is based upon the Declaration of Independence. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed...with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Andrew, you have often stated that the most important goal in your life, or anyone's life, is to make yourself or they, themselves, happy and that you or they have a right to pursue that goal. This attitude or philosophy is based upon your being an American and through that upon the American Declaration of Independence. Whether or not that document is further based upon ideas or philosophies that preceded it or came from elsewhere may be important, but doesn't change that end philosophy you (and I) as Americans have adopted because of that document. The reason that I tell you other people's feelings and rights are important are founded simultaneously and equally upon that very same basis. That basis is the Declaration of Independence stating that ALL men are equally endowed with the rights of pursuit of happiness, liberty, and life. Therefore, while you and I as Americans do have the right to the pursuit of our own happiness, it does not include the right to depriving any other person of their life or liberty or pursuit of their own happiness as they are entitled to the right of their own by that same American Declaration. Neither may they deprive us of ours. Other Americans will stand by us as we exercise our right to stand and defend these rights for ourselves and our obligation to stand and defend these rights for other Americans.
Michael L Robinson, Philadelphia, 50's, physician [09-04-2010]
I watch Glenn Beck sometimes. I think he has a lot of guts to view his opinions. He is brave. 6 days ago he did a rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial called restoring honor. I thought it was great but what is funny is that yesterday they did a John Lennon tribute in front of that same memorial. I have not seen it mentioned in the paper today. I believe John lennon has a secret coming. That secret is a daughter (lovechil) who is suppose to inherit some money. That is why there are so many tributes for John Lennon all of a sudden. Also Paul and Yoko are doing a lot of crying. These two are theives. They prevented the daughter from getting her truth for 25 years. Don't you think they need to be brought to justice. Somewhere, Somehow the truth is coming and they know the world will see their dirty deed.
Coleen, long island, ny [09-03-2010]
Chelsea Bolin [09-01-2010] »»»
I have been reading this document over and over since i was 6 and i love reading it
victoria ruth, my age is 17 [09-01-2010]
Adam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [09-01-2010] »»»
jameeer nelson jr. [08-31-2010]
thomas nieves, melbourne,fl [08-31-2010]
AsHeR ChIlDs, az [08-31-2010]
This is a remarkable time in history. We must continue to keep this declaration active and available for public review. All men are created equal... we have to end homeless for this very same reason. Equal opportunity for all.
Rhonda Willis, Atlanta, Georgia, Hayward, California and Flint, Michigan [08-30-2010]
I am 67 years old wished I had learned what this document meant to me years ago Thanks to Obama I now know its value.
I was researching for my 1st grade class for our upcoming Freedom Week and discovered your wonderful site. I look forward to sharing some of the pictures with them.
Lana, Florida [08-30-2010]
I watched the gathering of people at the lincoln memorial sponsored by Glenn Beck. I was so touched that I have decided to learn as much about the formation of the USA., and how we came to be where we are as a nation.
Jim Inda, Tulsa, Oklahoma Age 63 [08-29-2010] »»»
I love this sight its given most of the stuff I need for my report on John Hancock
Kaylee, 11 years old Russellville Alabama [08-27-2010] »»»
Tasha Smith [08-25-2010]
i love the declaration of idependance. i am all about history someday i want 2 be a history teacher just like mr. silvas .... :) i just dont want to go to collge for 8 your i will only do for 4
cutiepie, i love justin beiber [08-25-2010] »»»
enjoyed the website good place to read up on Dec. of independence
tara [08-24-2010] »»»
i am a mid aged possible future historian. i recommend that you state the mystery on the constitution and the declaration.on the bottom of the constitution, it has twelve states down where people stated there names. Please note i said only twelve.and on the top of the declaration, it says these THIRTEEN states. as you probably know, the declaration was written before the constitution. so why would it say there was 12 states on the constitution. when there is 13 states on the decleration which was written before... Just so you know, this stumped a historian in washington DC. I was the one who realized this.
christopher jones [08-24-2010] »»»
America will endure as long as good men are not afraid of giving all they have. I, for one, am in line!
Eric Dennis Sr, Brunswick GA (Temp home) [08-21-2010]
my mother seems to think we are related to Robert Morris - will have to investigate more!
claire, wales UK [08-19-2010] »»»
Thank you for this informative website. I will be back to this site to read more.
This site has really opened my eyes to what America is truly made of.
anonymous, Detroit, MI [08-19-2010]
Ryan Idley, Meverzjbak, Bosnia, Age 29 [08-17-2010] »»»
When did we forget these words from The Declaration: "Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." What exactly has this President and this Congress done that we the governed have consented to? Now approximately 65% oppose his performance and yet, he still refrains from listening to we the people. I hope people read every word of the document, you will come across other references of the King that could be speaking of present government.
anonymous, A Patriot in Missouri [08-15-2010] »»»
Robert Morris was my ancestor. my like great great great great grampa.
Julia [08-15-2010] »»»
The Progressives had murdered education in the USA. Work to restoring in-depth knowledge of our country, its patriots, the Constitution and other founding documents. Watch GLENN BECK. Listen to GLENN BECK.
George Ackerman, St. Louis, Male, 63yrs, Conservative [08-15-2010] »»»
my 5th great grandfather is thomas andrew mckean, it is awesome to have the facts i've been telling people of for years, "cybered" so i can finally prove it to some of the "non believers" thank you for your efforts.
kevin patrick mckean, paradise ca. [08-15-2010] »»»
my mother is a direct decendant of George Read.On her fathers side very interesting to read about him.
Irene Tingler, Rigby Idaho [08-13-2010]
the is an important lesson in school.
im right now reading a book about the declaration of indapendance
ruvi schwartz, clifton nj [08-12-2010]
Founder of Mill Valley Ranch Australia 1967 - 50 year veteran of Christian Camping
Arthur, Grandson of Australia's Josiah Bartlett 1800's [08-09-2010]
This has been wonderful reading. I love any information/books, etc., regarding the Declaration of Independence. My great-great-great-great-grandfather was John hart, Esq., of New Jersey. I never realized until this article that he died of complications of kidney stones which I have also had during my life.
Leonard A. Berry, Midlothian, Texas (76065); age 67. [08-05-2010]
Great site. Thanks
Sherry Bruce, Lititz PA [08-05-2010] »»»
It would serve our nation well for EVERYONE to re-read this Declaration and reflect on it. Then, demand that our current government, Legislature, Judiciary, and Executive branches honor the principles of those who pledged "...to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor..." so that we could be free from the tyranny from THIS, our current government and their 'handlers', the corporations who dictate their actions.
Nicole Philips, Berkeley, CA, 54yrs, Leftist/Libertarian [08-04-2010] »»»
as i am in the midst of reading john adams bio and 2 episodes of the same name HBO special-i am mesmerized at the intelligence of these men that created something from nothing the invention of these UNITED States, where is this brilliance now?
dan, pennsylvania [08-04-2010] »»»
Every household in this country should have a copy of this most important document. Also the constitution.
Bea Childs, Batesburg, SC 68 Years Born in the USA [08-02-2010]
hello, i am looking for anyone that could send me information on nathan hale. my father passed away and in doing the obt. for him we found out that dad was a direct blood line to nathan hale, iam the 6 great grand child of nathan hale and i really want to find out everything there is abount grandpa. dad had told me that at one time we even had a family arms. like sward or some other symbol. thank you so much. ps. some say that i am a radical when i have or believe in something now i can say it is in my blood and i own it!
CAROL S. HALE, carol s. hale 887 ashar ave. whitefish. my 59937 [08-02-2010] »»»