The 56 men who signed the Declaration pledged to each other their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred Honor. Unfortunately, many now consider this document to be irrelevant, fine for 1776 but too outdated for 2013.They're wrong.
The Declaration of Independence lays out the reasons why our nation was founded, and reminds us 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."
We challenge you to read the Declaration of Independence today as you celebrate our freedom with your family and friends. Hillsdale College is encouraging people to Read the Declaration - add your name at www.ReadTheDeclaration.com.
Find the text of the Declaration of Independence here.
"This was the object of the Declaration of Independence... Neither aiming at originality of principle or sentiment, nor yet copied from any particular and previous writing, it was intended to be an expression of the American mind, and to give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion."
- Thomas Jefferson