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Original Declaration of Independence

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Original Declaration of Independence

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The Declaration of Independence served as a formal announcement that the 13 American colonies, which were then at war with Great Britain, were no longer part of the British Empire and would henceforth be free and independent states.

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    In a broadcast from his home in Hyde Park, New York, on July 4, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt warns Americans who wish not to get involved in the war that "the United States will never survive as a happy and fertile oasis of liberty surrounded by a cruel desert of dictatorship."

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