Why is the Declaration of Independence one of the most important documents in human history?

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There were several reasons why the Declaration of Independence was one of the most important documents in human history. First, the Declaration of Independence led to the Revolutionary War. When the United States won this war, one of the greatest countries in the world was created. The United States has had a very significant impact on the world. Second, the Declaration of Independence laid out a format for how and why a country should declare its independence. The Declaration of Independence states that if a country wants to be free, it should explain to the world why it wants to be free. Additionally, the Declaration of Independence referenced rights that all people have. These rights, the unalienable rights, include life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. The Declaration of Independence states that one of the jobs of government is to protect the rights of the people it governs. When government fails to do this, then people must change the government. These are ideas are central to any revolution. Finally, the Declaration of Independence has served as a model for other countries and their quest for independence. For these reasons, the Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents ever written in human history.

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