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The Continental Congress voting for independence, by Edward Savage, after 1796

Courtesy of National Portrait Gallery

"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."

--From the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

French engraving of a crowd in New York City pulling down a statue of King George III, about 1776

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