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declaration of indendence

it first was drafted by thomas jefferson.Resolved, that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.While political maneuvering was setting the stage for an official declaration of independence, a document explaining the decision was being written.