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Law and Government Overview

This area of lawforwa links you to general information about the American system of law and government as well as specific information about Washington state.

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The Declaration of Independence

To learn more about the Declaration of Independence, explore some of lawforwa's resources:

  • of the Declaration of Independence, from the Avalon Project at Yale Law School.
  • of the events leading up to the Declaration of Independence, from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.
  • the Declaration of Independence and other background information from the History Channel.