Independence is Declared

Colonists declare independence from Great Britain

Details of Signing

On July 4, 1776 a document was signed to declare the colonies' break from Great Britain. When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, he expressed 3 ideas. First, all people posses rights of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Second, King George III violated rights by taxing without consent. Lastly, colonies had the right to break form Britain.

Letter to Editor

Dear Editor,

I heard you passed the Declaration of Independence. I don't feel like this "document" is stating clearly the rights of Native Americans. When "men" is stated, most people refer to white, rich men and I have a problem with that. Me and my fellow Native Americans, care about our country just as much as you and your fellow men. I do believe though, that our rights, along with yours, should be expressed to the British as they are in the Declaration of Independence. They have no rights to take away our rights. So, I guess I have mixed feelings about the Declaration.

Sincerely, Chief James (aka Alex Reed)