What basic rights does the Declaration of Independence identify as belonging to all people?  

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The Declaration of Independence stated that we were no longer under British rule. In the Declaration of Independence, the colonists listed the complaints that they had against the King. This section is the longest section of the Declaration of Independence. The colonists believed the British government was violating their rights. They believed the King was abusing his power.

In the Declaration of Independence, it stated that all people have certain rights that can’t be taken away or given up. These are called inalienable rights. They include the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The Declaration of Independence stated that when a government doesn’t protect the rights of the people, the people must remove that government and replace it with a government that will protect their rights.

Once the Declaration of Independence was written and adopted, the Revolutionary War began because Great Britain was not about to let us become free without a fight.

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