The Declaration of Independence Translation WS
Read each excerpt and provide a modern day translation.
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Excerpt 1: “When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume, among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind require that they should declare the causes which impel them to separate.”
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Excerpt 2: “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.”
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Excerpt 3: “To secure these [basic] rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…..”
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Excerpt 4: ”That whenever any form of government becomes destructive [in protecting rights and responding to the people], it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new government….”
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Excerpt 5: “The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct objection, the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these States.”
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Excerpt 6: “To prove [that England has interfered with colonial rights], let the facts be submitted to a candid world: He has refused to assent to laws the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.”
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Excerpt 7: “In every state of these oppressions, we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms; our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”
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Excerpt 8: “We, therefore….solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states…”
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