First, literature was very important in the American Revolution. Without it, the Patriots (rebels) would have lost, and the British would never has lost their 13 colonies. Hopefully, you have some history backgound, and have heard of Thomas Paine s "Common Sense" book. Some say, this book alone, won the war for the colonists. It s a short book, you should read it, and quote from it too. Then, there were the "Letters of Correspondence". Look them up on the internet, they were used to "spread the revolution" and need to fight England, rather than compromise. These letters were equivalent then, to email, or the www today. Few people were literate in the 1770 s, so there were often people called "Town Criers" who would spread news by mouth. A loud annnouncement would be made, a poster would be posted, and someone in a loud voice would read the news to those who gathered. (that s what they did, before radio, lol) The Declaration of Independence is relatively short, but the most important lines have to do with the "right of the people" to abolish any government that had become a tyranny. Most of the Declaration tries to prove that King George was a tyrant. Problem (truth) was, however, most of the grievances the colonists had with England, had more to do with taxation,and policies approved by the British Parliament. Not King George. The Patriots knew it would be an "easy sale" to blame the King, rather than Parliament. So, in some ways, the Declaration of Independence, was more of a "propoganda" device, to gain public opinion and support for the rebels cause. In reality, most historians believe that only 1/3 of colonist were for rebellion, 1/3 against, and 1/3 didn t care. So, the literature of the time, from the rebels was to convince the 1/3rd that hadn t yet decided, to give the rebels more support. Without this "war" propoganda, literature, the 1/3rd loyalist, who were better financed, would have probably won.