“The Birth Certificate of America”
When the Second Continental Congress convened at Independence Hall in Philadelphia in May 1775, the Revolutionary War had already begun at Lexington and Concord, King George III had issued a Proclamation of Rebellion, and Great Britain had blockaded American ports. It was under these dire conditions that the Founding Fathers bravely met to set the groundwork necessary to forge a new, independent Nation.
In June 1776, Thomas Jefferson was given the responsibility of drafting the “Birth Certificate of America” – the Declaration of Independence. In it he asserted the colonists’ natural and legal rights in proclaiming their independence from Great Britain, and wrote what became the core values of our Nation: the unalienable rights to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
On July 4, 1776, after much debate, the 56 Founding Fathers adopted the Declaration of Independence, an extraordinary document that birthed the American principles of freedom, independence, and equality. The Declaration of Independence, now residing in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., bears the signatures of the 56 Founding Fathers who risked their lives to stand up to the most powerful empire in the world in steadfast belief that all men are created equal.
Your DocuSigned Declaration of Independence bears your personal signature, and has been officially added to those of our 56 Founding Fathers on this hallowed document.
Your personal copy of the Declaration of Independence will be a treasured family heirloom that will be passed down from generation to generation reaffirming your commitment to the “Birth Certificate of America.”
Your copy of the Declaration of Independence was made possible by the Spirit of Liberty Foundation and DocuSign, Inc., to honor and support Americas real heroes: our Armed Forces, Law Enforcement, and Firefighters who volunteer to risk their lives to protect the liberties and freedoms that the Declaration of Independence established.