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The Declaration of Independence, written in 1776, stands today as one of the most important documents in United States history. This program helps explain its significance in defining America's concept of democracy. Examined are other political documents that contributed to its formation, such as the Magna Carta of 1215; political and socioeconomic forces in place in America before its composition; and common questions that are often posed about the document, such as "Who is generally credited as the main author?" Noted educators and political officials share their thoughts and reflections about this important manuscript, making the video an informative, interesting, and fast-paced learning aid.