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Was the Declaration of Independence worth it?

Was the Declaration of Independence worth it?

Probably the most common question we get in the Americana department is “I found an original copy of the Declaration of Independence—is it worth anything?” The short answer: it’s worth somewhere between zero and ten million dollars.

Why is the Declaration of Independence so respected?

The Declaration of Independence is an important part of American democracy because first it contains the ideals or goals of our nation. Second it contains the complaints of the colonists against the British king. Third, it contains the arguments the colonists used to explain why they wanted to be free of British rule.

Is the Declaration of Independence the most important?

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The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in the history of the United States. It was an official act taken by all 13 American colonies in declaring independence from British rule. The war between the colonies and Great Britain was called the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783).

Was Jefferson overrated?

The Declaration was drafted by a committee, though Jefferson unquestionably wrote most of it. She called his reference to “self-evident” truths a distillation of Locke, Milton and others that was “absolutely conventional among Americans of his time.” She called Jefferson “the most overrated person in American history.”

What is the highest price ever paid for a copy of the Declaration of Independence?

PHILADELPHIA — A rare parchment engraving of the Declaration of Independence, ordered up by John Quincy Adams two centuries ago from printer William J. Stone and found in the attic of an ancestral Scottish house, sold at a near-record $4.4 million Thursday at Freeman’s auction house to an anonymous buyer.

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What would happen if there was no Declaration of Independence?

The lack of a unified national government, the absence of a single authority over interstate or foreign commerce, and the failure to include any provisions for generating revenue would have doomed the new nation. Without it our government would have divided as early as Shay’s Rebellion.

How much is the Declaration of Independence painting worth?

Only 25 of these “first printings” have resurfaced so far. Last week, the latest discovery, which had been tucked behind a painting sold for $4 at a flea market, was auctioned for $8.1 million.

Who owns the original Declaration of Independence?

List of extant Dunlap broadsides

# Location Owner
1 New Haven, Connecticut Beinecke Library, Yale University
2 Bloomington, Indiana Lilly Library, Indiana University
3 Portland, Maine Maine Historical Society
4 Chicago, Illinois Chicago Historical Society