Episode: 307 |
Umbrex Community:
The Declaration of Independence:


Umbrex Community

The Declaration of Independence

Show Notes

The Declaration of Independence

Read by:

Amada Soto
Alejandra Bachman
Sarah Sonnenfeld
Naomi Soto
Rosina Samadani
Stacy Gilstrap
Roopa Unnikrishnan
Aparna Mukherjee
Veronica Bachman
Alejandra Campos
Nancy Bachman
Leah Burnett
Esther Kim
Surbhee Grover
Julie Gupta
Julie Mallozzi
Maya Dijkstra
Katherine Mechner
Marissa Cherian
Nayla Bahri
Soyini Coke
Lilly Minkove
Evie Hantzopoulos
Susie Chang DeVelde
Sonia Dijkstra
Kazuki Kozuru-Salifoska
Rebecca Tushnet
Susmita Pati
Tere Riera-Carrion
B.B. Banful
Margarita Soto

Video editor: Samuel Bachman

Producer: Will Bachman

One weekly email with bonus materials and summaries of each new episode:

Congress, July 4 1776, the unanimous Declaration on the 13 United States of America. Well, 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 law of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, at this in respect to the opinion of mankind require that they should be glare, the classes which impel them to the separation, We hold

these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal and that they are endowed by the 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 whenever 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 affect their safety and happiness.

prudence indeed will dictate that governments 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 themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

But 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 to provide new guards for their future security,

such as been the patient sufferance of these colonies, and such as now the necessity which constrains 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 an absolute tyranny over the states.

To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world. He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has been in his governance to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in the opposition to his assent should be obtained, and when so suspended, he has airily neglected to attend to them,

he says refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people. And this was people will relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, I write inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable and distant

Will Bachman 03:35
from the depository

of their public records for the sole purpose, fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness is invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions to cause others to be elected, whereby the legislative powers in capable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise. The state remaining in the meantime, exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within. He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states for that purpose obstructing the laws of naturalization of foreigners, refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.

He has obstructed the administration of justice by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers. He has made judges dependent on his will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance. He has kept among us in times of peace, standing armies without the consent. of our legislatures,

he has affected to render the military independent of and superior to the civil power. He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws, giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation for quartering large bodies of armed troops among us for protecting them by a mock trial,

from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of the states for cutting off our trade with all parts of the world, for imposing taxes on us without our consent, for depriving us in many cases of the benefits of trial by jury for transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses,

for abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing there in an arbitrary government and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these colonies,

for taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments

for suspending our own legislators, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us. He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country to become the executioner’s of their friends and brethren, or to follow themselves by their hands. He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers the merciless Indian savages, who has no rule of warfare is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these oppressions, we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms, our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant is unfit to be the ruler of a free people,

nor have we been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our immigration and settlement here. We have

appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common Kindred to disavow these user patients, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity.

We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity which denounces our separation, and hold them as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace, friends, we, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in general Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme judge of the world, for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these United colonies are and of right, ought to be free and independent states, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain is and ought to be totally dissolved, and that is free and independent states. They have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, established commerce and to do all other acts and things which independent states may have right do and for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.

Will Bachman 09:54
Thanks to the readers of the Declaration of Independence in order of appearance, Mata sotto la 100 Bachmann, Sara sonnenfeld Naomi Soto Rosina some Madani Stacy Gill strap Rupa oni Krishnan, Aparna Mukherjee, Veronica Bachman, Alejandro Campos, Nancy Bachmann, Leo Burnett, Esther Kim surbey. Grover, Julie Gupta. Julie mallozzi Maya Dykstra Catherine medtner rosid Sharon Peters nyla Bari so uni coke really min Cove, Evie hunza polos, Susie Chang De Velde, Sonia Dykstra, Kazuki kazoo Sally fosca. Rebecca touchnet susmita Patty Terry Riera Korean bebe Bansal and Margarita Soto. The editor was Samuel Bachman and I’m the producer Will Bachman.

Related Episodes


Nicolai Chen Nielsen, Advisor, Author, & Entrepreneur

Nicolai Chen Nielsen, Advisor, Author, & Entrepreneur


Tom Critchlow, Writer and Strategy Consultant

Tom Critchlow


Author of The 2-Hour Cocktail Party

Nick Gray


President and COO of Bunkerlabs

Joe "Hark" Herold