The Declaration of Independence formally justifies the Americans' grievances against the King of England while emphasizing the importance of certain "inalienable" rights, granted by God, including the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness.
The colonists were ready and willing to separate from Great Britain while acknowledging that there would be sacrifices.
Thomas Jefferson and other authors proceeded to list grievances against the King of England including limiting the 13 colonies’ rights to govern themselves and pass their own laws, prohibiting trade, and forcing colonists to pay taxes while denying them representation in Parliament. The states rejected the idea of housing British troops since they were given immunity even when committing crimes against local residents.
The Declaration of Independence emphasizes the importance of individual liberties and freedom from tyranny through the establishment of a limited government by the people.
Many Americans take pride in this movement towards independence and self-governance.