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Lesson 8: What Basic Ideas about Government Are in the Declaration of Independence?


What Does "We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident" Mean?   (Video)
The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence begins like this: "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."

America the Story of Us: Declaration of Independence   (Video)
The Declaration of Independence marks the first such document declaring the equality of men.

The Declaration of Independence | Road to the Revolution   (Video)
Who wrote the Declaration of Independence? What does it say? How did the words impact the colonies in the early days of the Revolutionary War? Why is the Declaration of Independence like a modern day break up letter? This video will explain the contents of the Declaration of Independence and why the document had such an important impact on the lives of the colonists.