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<head>A Declaration by the Representatives of the UNITED STATES<lb/> OF AMERICA, in General Congress assembled.</head> <p>When in the course of human events it becomes necessarily for <del>a</del><add>one</add>people to <lb/><del><unclear></unclear></del><add>dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to as<lb/>-sume among the powers of the earth the <del><unclear></unclear></del><add><metamark>^ </metamark>separate and equal</add></add>station to <lb/> which the laws of nature & of nature's god entitle them, a decent respect <lb/> to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes <lb/> which impel them to <del>deleted text</del><add>the</add> separation. </p> <p>We hold these truths to be <del>xxx xxx</del><add><metamark>^ </metamark> self-evident</add>; that all men are <lb/> created equal <del>&independent </del>that <del>from that equal creation they demand</del><add>they are endowed by their creator with </add><lb/><add>certain</add> [inherent &] inalienable <add><metamark>^ </metamark>rights; that</add>, among <del>which </del><add><metamark>^ </metamark>these</add> are <del><unclear></unclear></del><lb/>life; <del>xxx</del> liberty; & the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these <del>xxx</del><add><metamark>^ </metamark> rights</add> go<lb/>=vernments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from <lb/>the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government<lb/> </p>
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