Concepts for Kids
1. The Declaration of Independence is a paper written in 1776 that says the United States will be its own country. Before that, the states were colonies ruled by a king, with laws made in the country of Britain.
2. The Declaration of Independence is important because it tells clearly why people are free, that they can choose their government, and how Britain violated the rights of the American colonists.
3. The Declaration of Independence is also important because it was the beginning of creating a free nation, the United States of America.
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When Mr. Jefferson Came to Philadelphia
by Ann Turner
A colonial American boy describes watching his mother's tenant, Thomas Jefferson, working on the Declaration of Independence.
Mystery on Church Hill
by Steven K. Smith
This chapter book is the second of the Virginia Mysteries. Colonial life, founding fathers, a famous speech, encounters with thieves, reenactments, and enlightenment values are all part of the adventure as three young friends search historic Virginia for a lost document from 1776.
The Hatmaker's Sign: A Story by Benjamin Franklin
retold by Candace Fleming
Benjamin Franklin offers sage advice to Thomas Jefferson concerning the wording of Declaration of Independence.
Celebrate Independence Day
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Read excerpts from the
Declaration of Independence
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