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.
Thomas Jefferson, Author of The Declaration of Independence
Thomas Paine, the Man Who Galvanized Independence
The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
The Charters of Freedom
Transcription of the Declaration of Independence
Watch: John Adams - Congress Approving Independence
Watch: Reading The Declaration in Independence Hall