This Week in History
Declaration Of Independence Approved
4 July 1776
13 British colonies in North America claim independence from Great Britain.
In 1776, during the War for Independence, the Second Continental Congress, comprised of representatives from 13 British colonies in North America, approved the "Declaration of Independence" as drafted by Thomas Jefferson. The document claimed that if a government was tyrannical, the people had a right to overthrow it, and because of Great Britain's oppressive acts against them, the colonies had the right to declare themselves free and independent states.
approve (verb): give permission to do something
draft (verb): write out and prepare (a law, subject to its approval)
tyrannical (adjective): exercising power in a cruel or arbitrary way
overthrow (verb): take over or bring down (a government)
oppressive (adjective): keeping others down; preventing others from doing what they want
Test your understanding:
The Declaration of Independence claimed people had the right to overthrow
The Declaration of Independence was approved in 1776 by
Most tyrannical governments stay in power by