The 238th birthday of the United States is fast approaching.  Here at PC TECH, we would like to share with our readers the words of the document that began our American journey toward freedom for everyone.  This task is far from completed, but we the people of the USA are inspired by the words of the Declaration of Independence to work even harder to achieve the ideals expressed in these powerful words.  You may notice how American English has changed over a long period of time.  Where it might be helpful to English language learners, the editor of this blog has added a few notes.

Our format for the Declaration is serialized over the days leading to the Fourth of July:

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.


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.— That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,— That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

[To be continued]

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