A DECENT RESPECT TO THE OPINIONS OF MANKIND
On Friday, June 7, 1776, the delegates from Virginia to the Continental Congress of the thirteen American colonies moved that the Congress should declare that these united colonies were, and by right ought to be, free and independent states; that all political connection between these states and Great Britain should be dissolved; and that a confederation should be formed to bind the colonies more closely together.1 This act of the Continental Congress, which resulted in the adoption of The Declaration of Independence, carried with it the vast consequences which led to the United States of America. The significance of the document which embodies this act, however, transcends even its great historical role.
The Declaration of Independence is indisputably regarded, next to the Constitution of the United States, as the sacred document of American principles. The day of its signing is celebrated as the most festive holiday of the nation; its signers are heroes to every school child -- the fathers of the American