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244th Independence Day of USA

  • 06 Jul 2020
  • 2 min read

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The USA celebrated the 244th anniversary of American Independence Day on 4th July 2020.

  • Indian Prime Minister also congratulated the USA on the same occasion.

Key Points

  • Background:
    • Throughout the 1760s and early 1770s, the American colonies found themselves increasingly at odds with British imperial policies regarding taxation and frontier policy.
    • When repeated protests failed to influence British policies the Continental Congress worked with local groups, originally intended to enforce the boycott, to coordinate resistance against the British.
    • British officials throughout the colonies increasingly found their authority challenged by informal local governments, although loyalist sentiment remained strong in some areas.
    • Finally, the United States was founded on an ideal of democracy on the 4th July 1776 by adopting the Declaration of Independence from the 13 colonies.
  • Declaration of Independence :
    • The Declaration of Independence was a one-page document, but it laid the foundation for other documents that followed, including the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
    • It contains three main ideas:
      • All men are created equal.
      • All men have certain inalienable rights, which include life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
      • People have a civic duty to defend these rights for themselves and for others.


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