Resentful of their government's abuses and usurpations, thirteen colonies declared their right to become independent States. The Declaration of Independence codified beliefs held in common by thirteen British-American colonies. These beliefs included the assertion that it is the duty of the people to terminate an abusive government. That obstructions should not be placed against the lawful migration and naturalization of foreigners. That military intervention should never supersede local civil authority. And that civilians, regardless of the allegations against them, should never be held or tried outside of their regional civilian court system. Download and start listening now!