The American Colonies felt as though they were being held prisoner, for a wide variety of reasons, by Great Britain. The official document "The Declaration of Independence" was framed and penned with the motivation of severing all ties to the British Empire. The document itself is seen as most as one of the fundamental doctrines of the United States democracy. In this document the Continental Congress declared themselves a completely independent nation. One of the often overlooked facts is that the French government was a key ally to help them achieve this. Although the United States helped repay the favor during the First and Second World Wars. The document was formalized in 1776.
The worksheets look at the Founding Fathers, theories behind the creation of the document, and actual execution and timing of the history behind this great feat. Where did your "John Hancock" come from anyway?