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The Wisconsin Blue Book, 1921

Appendix,   pp. [565]-607 ff. PDF (14.2 MB)

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            UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, JULY 4, i776*
  W\hen in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one
people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with
another, and to assume among the Powers of the earth, the separate and
equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle
them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they
should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
  Wre hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men "are created
  equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable
  Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
  That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men,.
  deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That when-
  ever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends. it is
  the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new
  Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing
  its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect
  their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Govern-
  ments long established should not be changed for light and transient
  causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are
  more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right them-
  selves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. Buz
  when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the
  same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism.
  it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and
  provide new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient
  sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which con-
  strains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history
  of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries
  and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of a-. ab-
  solute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be shbmitted
  to a candid world.
  He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary
  for the public good.
    H'e has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pm ess-
  ing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent
    * The following text and its appended historical note are reprinted
  from the United States Revised Statutes, 2d ed., 1878.

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