American Declaration Of Independence Essay

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The American Declaration of Independence has its worldwide importance not just as a justification of a colony to revolt against its colonizer, but also as a pioneer of a type of political writing that is still in use today. Though did not muster much public interest after it finished serving its initial purpose, it has become increasingly significant since the 19th century and among which the universal truths it holds stood out. Haiti and India are among the countries that draw inspiration from the United States declaration to frame their own declaration of independence, though modified to their needs and their historical backgrounds. It is very likely that American's success in their venture to attain independence had encouraged Haitians to start their own struggle. Both coerced to become part of the empires, the two colonies located in North America continent provided goods and services for the empires but did not receive their rightful benefits in return. While the Haitians repudiate all connections with French in their declaration, Americans still referred to the British as their "brethren." The reason for this difference is while Americans had always been under the British Empire rule since the day they settled on the land, Haitians were taken over with force and suffered under the French atrocity. In the Haitian Declaration of Independence, they refuse to admit any commonalities with French colonizers: "What have we in common with that blood-minded people?" As we can see from above, despite the fact that the first draft of the Haitian document had been modeled on the American declaration by “an admirer of the work of Jefferson,” the overall style of this declaration is in stark contrast, shockingly barbaric—Louis Boisrond-T... ... middle of paper ... guiding the people to embrace their Indian culture in their fight against the British Empire in Indian declaration. The above two nations, both based their document on the U.S. Declaration of Independence since it is the first successful decolonization document in history. Although each framed its declaration based on its needs, there is a common implication for both of them, though phrased differently—that the natural rights of people, which includes Life, Liberty, and pursuit of Happiness, shall not be violated. These self-evident universal truths, originated from the American declaration, were reshaped and reworded and adapted for the benefit of other struggles of independence. Among those who based their declaration of independence on the U.S. declaration, Haiti and India are, without doubt, two of the most successful ones in adapting the original document.
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