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The American Declaration of Independence of July 4th, 1776

Robert Hole shows how important historical context is for an understanding of the most significant document in American history.

'We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’ These famous words are all that most people remember of the American Declaration of Independence, but the text as a whole is far more complex and subtle than this piece of liberal rheto

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The American Declaration of Independence of July 4th, 1776

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