Background Information for Argument Writing

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The Declaration as an Argument

Get familiar with the argument that built a nation.

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American Revolution Overview

Use this information for putting the Declaration of Independence in context.

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Declaration of Independence Timeline

Take a look at this list of events leading up to the signing and publication of the Declaration of Independence.

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The Second Continental Congress

Read about the events that took place during the summer of 1776.

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Quotes about the Declaration

Be intrigued by the Founding Fathers' reflections on the Declaration years later.

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Take a Deep Dive

Use these links to learn more about the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution.

Last updated: May 5, 2017

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