On June 11th 1776 the Continental Congress tabbed five men who were given the task to write one of the most important documents in America’s history; The Declaration of Independence. During a time of immense diversity people living in the colonies of what was soon to be The United States of America were yearning for something that could place them under one large umbrella. This committee of five men consisted of John Adams from Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Robert R. Livingston of New York, Roger Sherman of Connecticut and of course Thomas Jefferson of Virginia. These five men made an impeccable team that together drafted the Declaration of Independence, the document that represents the ground of what American political tradition stands on and the cornerstone of the American nation; that all men are created free and equal and possess the same inherent, natural rights. Undoubtedly the Declaration of Independent is the strongest piece of American literature that blissfully defines the meaning of independence and the struggles sought through to achieve it.
The men that made up the Committee of Five (which they were later referred as) had outstanding backgrounds in politics and were deeply involved in the state which they represented. Thomas Jefferson was an exquisite writer and did a majority of the first draft that was handed to congress. Along with their notes and the edits of Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and the rest of the committee, the final edit was produced.
Being such a momentous document it’s surprising to find that the text is just under 1400 words, probably about the same length as this essay. The 400 key words that outline the basis of the beliefs that the United States is founded on are split bet...
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...ies… That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, Free and Independent States”. Again, no room for misinterpretation is left, and the statement that the colonies are “free and independent states” is exactly that, a statement. But the most important part in the entirety of the document is the last sentence. “…we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.” The word placement is exact and generates the most efficient meaning in the sentence. The use of “our” in this instance and all throughout the document creates a connection between the reader, the Declaration, and the idea of freedom.
The confidence that the Declaration of Independent is written with cannot be argued, and the clarity behind each sentence is obvious. Both aid in making it one of the most memorable, meaningful, and strongest pieces of American literature.
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