America desired for King George to recognize them not as colonists who were feebly revolting at what was at the time a world power, but as a separate and equally important people. They believed that they had a right to a free government just as England did, and they wanted to make this perfectly clear. Interestingly enough, America’s intentions were not on fighting and winning the battle through bloodshed. Nevertheless, the signers of this incredible document stated in closing: “We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” (Jefferson,1) This meant that as a whole, they were willing to risk everything for their cause. Many of these men were lawyers, politicians, and wealthy land owners.
The Goals of the Declaration of Independence The American Revolution was not only a battle between the British and the colonists; it was a historical movement that brought about new ways of thinking. The ideas of liberty and equality began to be seen as essential to the growth of the new nation. The separation of the American colonies from the British Empire occurred for a number of reasons. These reasons are illustrated in the Declaration of Independence. Although Thomas Jefferson wrote the document, it expressed the desire of the heart of each colonist to be free of British rule.
It wasn’t these events that changed the sentiment of America towards Britain, but instead the aftermath of each and every single factor here. If it hadn’t been for the riots, protests, and boycotts, the British might have never feared losing us from their control. The new sense of unity acquired after constantly being deprived from their rights provided the desire to become sovereign and escape British Rule. The political efficacy demonstrated by the colonists at this time is what gained this nation its independence.
"Maybe we ought to consider a Golden Rule in foreign policy: Don 't do to other nations what we don 't want happening to us. We endlessly bomb these countries and then we wonder why they get upset with us(Ron Paul)?" Most notably, Between the years 1776 and 1865, the United States interactions and relations with other countries poorly evolved. The Monroe Doctrine can be described as the first declaration created by the new nation 's government. The doctrines primary objective was to warn the English that the United States would handle all affairs in the Western Hemisphere, without their influence.
Intro: The Declaration of Independence shapes our ideal vision in America by letting every individual have unalienable rights, not having to live under a tyrant, and having equality. These rights are to be protected by one government that is willing to secure these rights for the people. Due to not being responsible towards the people’s happiness, this government will be overthrown and replaced with a new one in which the people will be satisfied with. Topic 1: Unalienable rights are rights each individual should have, such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; these rights are declared to be natural and inherent. Nobody has the right to our services... ... middle of paper ... ...ape our ideal vision in America as to citizens being protected by a strong government.
After the Declaration of Independence was signed the colonies felt like they had written down what they needed to in order to declare themselves independent states from Britain. While not calling themselves a unified country, they did know that on their side, the tie was formally broken between them and Britain. Due to this Britain obviously saw this as treason in all lights, and sent troops, and fleets over to combat this “revolution.” This Declaration paved way for a new country to be formed, which would obviously later become the United States of America. The whole idea of now being separate from Britain gave the colonists a sense of “nationalism”(if you could call it that because they are still separate states) that they are no longer tied to the “shackles” of Great Britain.
At first, the English government was baffled that the colonies would demand such urgent separation. In fact, the English government did not take the colonies serious at all, at first. It was only when Jefferson wrote the declaration that England finally began to realize that the colonies were completely serious, and for good reason, too. Jefferson wrote that they had every right to independence because, “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” (12). Here, Jefferson is stating that governments are supposed to protect the common people who are a part of the country.
The Federalists opposed including a bill of rights on the ground that it was unnecessary. In the end, popular sentiment was decisive. Recently freed from the despotic English monarchy, the American people wanted strong guarantees that the new government would not trample upon their newly won freedoms of speech, press and religion, nor upon their right to be free from warrant less searches and seizures. So, the Constitution's framers heeded Thomas Jefferson who argued: "A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference." The American Bill of Rights, inspired by Jefferson and drafted by James Madison, was adopted, and in 1791 the Constitution's first ten amendments became the law of the land.
These two opposing forces were known as the Colonists and the Loyalists. Colonists, such as Thomas Paine, were massive supporters of American independence. Thomas Paine’s Common Sense used biblical references to appeal to the common people and convince them that becoming independent of Britain was the right choice. Paine wrote that the King of Britain was a “brute” and there should be no such leader of a free country such as America. Paine also wrote that in free countries such as America, the Law should be the ultimate King, and no other ruler should go before the Law.
In 1776, the tyranny of King George III made it necessary for all thirteen colonies to unite, declare independence and to sever political ties between Great Britain. The under-represented people of America needed something strong which showed how colonists need to free of the English rule. The colonists did that by writing a “list of grievances” by stating their reasons for rebelling against Britain’s tyranny. If it wasn’t for Thomas Jefferson’s brilliant idea of creating the Declaration of Independence, who knows how America would have turned out today? However, the real importance of the Declaration of Independence lies not in the purpose for which Jefferson created it, to declare independence from Great Britain, but rather how future generations have interpreted Jefferson’s words.