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I’m Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU to speak English fluently.

In this episode:

  • I’ll talk about the Declaration of Independence of the USA and why the 13 American Colonies decided to become independent.
  • Later you’ll practice your grammar with a Point of View Story.


‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
.’

These famous words are all that most people remember of the American Declaration of Independence, but the text as a whole is far more complex and subtle than this piece of liberal rhetoric might suggest.

Thomas Jefferson was given the job of writing the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress committee.

He wrote the original Declaration in only four days. He revised it a bit over the next two weeks.  When he was done, he gave a copy to Benjamin Franklin and John Adams to read and edit before the next meeting of Congress.

On the forth of July, the declaration was formally adopted by
12 colonies after minor revision
. New York, the 13 colony, approved it on July 19. On August 2, the declaration was signed.

Like many ground-breaking documents in the history of government, the Declaration is firmly planted in a highly specific historical context. Over sixty percent of it is a detailed list of grievances which the American colonists felt against George III and the British government.

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