The issue the Declaration of Independence being a legal document has been up for debate in courts for many years now. Although, the Declaration of Independence clarifies the United States identity as a free nation, it has generated intense controversy. Some feel strongly that it did not clearly define the new powers that the thirteen colonies would acquire and did not define the identity of the United States; while, others firmly believe that without the Declaration of Independence the United States would not be the free nation that it is today. Therefore, serving as the foundation for many laws and documents composed after it, the Declaration of Independence has been helpful in defining the rights of the American citizens, the powers of the government, and the identity of the United States as a free nation.
The Declaration of Independence was a document that was going to help america help declare its freedom from great britain. the declaration stated 27 amendments that all impacted america greatly, but i think that this article impacted it the most “we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” this part of the article i believe holds the most value in americas development. it states that all men are created equal and have equal rights. that means that no matter what race or gender you are you should have the same rights as everyone else in ...
In terms of shaping political thought and institutions in America, no two documents have had more influence than that of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. The Declaration of Independence, drafted in 1776, was the zenith of the American Revolutionary campaign. Written largely by Thomas Jefferson, who was heavily influenced by John Locke’s ideas of natural rights, the document was as much a philosophical doctrine as it was a political one (Cummings 2015, 64). After being embroiled in a long, bloody war with Britain for over ten years, the Thirteen Colonies formally emancipated themselves from their mother country through the Declaration. They justified the Revolution and their need for independence in the document by
...d pursue of happiness”, and “whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their safety and happiness”. The Declaration of Independence was the document that would ensure that the people of America would not have to endure another tyranny government and gave power to the people. In order for to consider how I would not be free in our society would be if any of what I mention early in this discussion would be taken away from me. My rights to life without due process, civil liberties, freedom to choice my own religion, freedom of speech, and the right to own my property are key values that I hold truths to my definition of freedom.
The Declaration of Independence comes very close to John Locke’s views on the government, laws, and people. As seen in the document, Thomas Jefferson focuses a lot on the freedoms and rights of the people. In the first line of the second paragraph of this document it is seen that the “rights” of all humans are stated as being; life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Like Jefferson, Locke believed in those rights as well and that is why he was a big influence when writing the Declaration of Independence. His idea used in justification of the Glorious Revolution of 1688 that if the people feel as if the government is no longer protecting their natural rights then they have the right to change it is incorporated in this declaration.
In its current form, the Declaration of Independence is not what was originally written. Before the final copy was printed, revisions, additions, and deletions were made. With any writing, revisions are obviously expected to be made; the Declaration of Independence was no exception of course. However, the Declaration is not just any writing; it’s an important piece of history for the United States. The words and ideals expressed in the Declaration have influenced many people who frequently invoke its tenets. Given the context, it’s worthwhile exploring these changes, examining why they were made, whether or not they were more effective than the original print, and the overall evolution of the document. Ultimately, the revisions made to the current Declaration of Independence were justified and needed.
The Declaration of Independence should have never been written due to it’s ability to stop trade, and it’s potential to start a war. For example, throughout the document it is expressed that “all connection between [United Colonies] and Great Britain, is to be totally dissolved.” Not only will this make the United Colonies weak to others attacks, but this will destroy and stop all trade between the United Colonies and Great Britain, which is our only source of economy and trade goods. Furthermore, the obnoxious and immature word “Tyrant” was used to describe the King of England. Not only that, but Thomas Jefferson says the King “has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.” Describing the
The declaration of Independence is an amazing document. It’s authors portrayed their anger, their disappointment, and their dream in a new government through this document. A government meant to protect the people's rights. They manifested this dream. they used logos and pathos along with other forms of rhetoric to show the people the urgency of their situation.
The Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson in 1776, is a well-known document in American history proclaiming the separation of the United States from Great Britain. Jefferson uses the document to explain the unjust laws King George III was pressing onto the Colonists and brings them to light. The use of rhetorical strategies in the script influences the audience’s opinion towards their loyalties to the King and ends with the United States’ newly gained independence.
The Declaration of Independence is a document that was written by Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Roger Sherman, John Adams and Robert Livingston in 1776 to justify why the colonists wanted independence from England. The Declaration of Independence is still relevant because of the idea that all men have equal rights, the idea that the government exists to protect the rights of its people and lastly, the idea that the people can create a new government if the current one does not protect their rights.