American Declaration Of Rights Analysis

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Nathalia Carreno
Professor Tamra Ortgies-Young
10 November 2015

The United States of America: a land of opportunity, freedom, and justice. As an immigrant, I can say with certainty that there is no other place in the world that I would rather live in. Becoming an American citizen has been by far one of the best things that have ever happened to me, not only because of having a legal status, but also because of the quality of life that I can achieve for my family and for myself in this country. All of this is possible thanks to the freedoms and the rights that we enjoy as citizens of this nation, and that are showcased on four major historical documents that reflect the values and ideas that continue to shape our society: the American Declaration
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It was drafted by delegates from different parts of the world, and it was “proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 General Assembly resolution 217 A as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected” (United…show more content…
How are these documents similar or different from one another?
The American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man and the Declaration of Independence
The most obvious difference between these two documents is the time and place in which these documents were created. The Declaration of Independence was written in 1776 in Philadelphia, while the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man was written in Bogota, Colombia in 1948.
One of the most relevant differences that I would like to mention is the rationale behind these documents. The Declaration of Independence was written as an announcement to the world of the separation of the thirteen colonies from the British King, while the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man was a commitment made among twenty-one countries in the region to protect human rights.
Another difference is the specific content of these documents. The Declaration of independence does three main things: 1. it declares American independence from Great Britain, 2. it specifies the grievances against the King, and 3. it lists the powers of the new independent colonies. On the other hand, the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man provides a list of twenty-eight rights and nine duties that every human being is entitled to and responsible for. The Declaration of Independence does not list any specific rights or duties of the American
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