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The Declaration Of Independence Analysis

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The Justification for Declaring Independence In 1776 Thomas Jefferson, a founding father of the United States of America, wrote the most significant document in the history of the United States. On behalf of the Continental Congress, Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence, which stated the moral and civic duty of the common man, and explained the infringements that the British monarchy had on the colonies, and created a new nation. Thomas Jefferson proved through the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, that the colonies were justified in declaring independence from Great Britain because the colonies economically suffered under the harsh British rule, were blatantly taken advantage of, and the citizens of the colonies were …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that thomas jefferson drafted the declaration of independence, which stated the moral and civic duty of the common man, and explained the infringements that the british monarchy had on the colonies.
  • Argues that the colonists were not justified in declaring independence from great britain. staughton lynd, and david waldstreicher believe the colonies were right to declare independence.
  • Analyzes how tecumseh, an indian political leader fighting for independence for native americans, wrote a speech to governor william harrison at vincennes that furthers the argument for declaring independence.
  • Explains that the colonies' main reason for declaring independence was strictly economic. the trading industry in the sixteenth and seventieth century was the main source of income for the middle class.
  • Explains that staughton lynd and david waldstreicher took a new approach to show that the colonies were also justified in declaring independence.
  • Analyzes how zuckert argued that england had the right to make money off the colonies because they were the ones who established them. lynd and waldstreicher rebutted this by stating that even the supporters of the king saw the economic unfairness.
  • Explains that the colonies were not only economically taken advantage of, but physically as well. being physically oppressed by the ruler plays a large role in the quest for independence.
  • Explains that the colonies were denied basic rights in the declaration of independence. jefferson has refused assent to laws, dissolved representative houses, and obstructed the administration of justice.
  • Analyzes how george iii dissolved representative houses for 'opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.'
  • Explains that david armitage found that more than half of the 192 countries represented at the united nations have a declaration of independence.
  • Explains that the colonies were right to declare independence because they were economically drained by the harsh british rule, physically taken advantage of and denied basic rights.

For instance, Michael Zuckert states “The Declaration of Independence adopts a position between that of Socrates in the Republic and that associated with the Enlightenment. According to Socrates, the citizens of the just city must ‘hold’ a lie; the citizens of the Declaration 's regime ‘hold’ the truth, but they hold it in less than a fully enlightened way”(325). Additionally, Amanda Wallace also argues against the colonies declaring independence by stating “Many of the accusations Thomas Jefferson brings against the King are rooted in historical fact, although he also writes in half-truths, omits details deliberately, and uses sweeping generalizations in order to obscure reality and sees Jefferson guilty of oversimplifying complicated issues involving the division of the North American colonies from Great Britain”(1) .In contrast, historians such as Staughton Lynd, and David Waldstreicher, believe the colonies were right to declare independence because they were fundamentally drained economically(599). To further justify the colonies quest for independence, David Armitage a famous historian showed the importance the Declaration of Independence played in the future quest for independence by other countries seeking freedom from their mother country. A small example that he found was “in 1945 the Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh opened his declaration of …show more content…

Jefferson stated in the Declaration of Independence that “He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures” (16). Being physically oppressed by the ruler plays a large role in the quest for independence. We see this in Tecumseh’s Speech to Governor William Harrison at Vincennes but not with public laws, but with the Native American’s land. Tecumseh’s Speech can further prove the point that the colonies were justified because they were facing the same hardships the colonies were and dealt with it the same way Jefferson

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