The Declaration of Independence. John Trumbull, Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 , 1817. “Declaration Day”. A desperate situation Forced to retaliation The task ahead a burden Men will suffer, that's for certain We'll charge into the fire The cause, we must inspire
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John Trumbull, Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776, 1817.
A desperate situation
Forced to retaliation
The task ahead a burden
Men will suffer, that's for certain
We'll charge into the fire
The cause, we must inspire
We raise our fists to tyranny
A high price, freedom is not free
The odds are stacked against us
But with our resolve relentless
And arrogance their weakness
Our cause is just, we won't be beaten
Upon this declaration
Will come a brand new nation
Where men are seen as equal
Governed by and for the people
Independence from Great Britain was NOT declared at the beginning of the war; many colonists did not favor a total break with Britain.
Since there were no such things as opinion polls in 1775-1776, it is impossible to know what most colonists thought at any given moment during this time about breaking away from Britain.
Most of the members of the Continental Congress were of a deeply conservative nature and some colonies had deep ties to Britain, especially economic ones.
Over the course of 1775, however, many Americans started to turn against the king due to escalating conflicts and oppressive laws.
The colonists’ failed invasion of Canada also did much to bring about a declaration of independence.
Only by declaring independence could the Congress hope for aid from the French.
the main author of the
Declaration of Independence.