Declaration of Independence


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.
— Preamble to the Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence established the underlying principles that define our American identity and our system of government. It is not a legally binding document, but has been used as a powerful and inspiring symbol, around the world, in the ongoing fight for freedom and equality.
Declaration of Independence - Pg 1 Original
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Engraved copy of the Declaration of Independence, created in 1820 to preserve the document as the original paper document was showing signs of age.