Declaration of Independence 

The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in American history. It was adopted by Congress on July 4th, 1776, and declared the thirteen colonies free from British rule. The document outlined the grievances against Britain and served as a formal declaration of independence for America.

It has been referred to as "America's birth certificate" due to its significance in establishing the United States as an independent nation-state. Written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, it set forth a series of self-evident truths that formed the basis for our democracy, such as "all men are created equal" and "they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights," among others. The Declaration also established our national motto: E Pluribus Unum (out of many, one).

The text within this document remains relevant today since it serves as a reminder that freedom cannot be taken away without just cause, something that we should never forget even during times when civil liberties may come under attack or be infringed upon. Additionally, it provides us with insight into how America began and why some issues remain so contentious throughout history, namely those regarding power structures between citizens and governing bodies both at home and abroad.