Benjamin Franklin's Role In The Declaration Of Independence

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Founding Fathers of any nation are important and beneficial to developing their nation. Each Founding Father plays an important role in the development of the nation such as signing documents and developing their laws. The United States includes seven Founding Fathers and each are important to American society. However, the Founding Father that stands out the most is Benjamin Franklin due to his ubiquitous presence at all key signings of documents to founding the United States of America. When Benjamin Franklin lived as a child he grew in Boston, Massachusetts in the 13 colonies, he was under control of the British and could do nothing about the situation (Honderich 728-30). He felt like a slave to this mother country which fueled his drive…show more content…
Benjamin Franklin presents clear reasons why the colonies are declaring independence, including a cause-and-effect explanation and specific offenses for evidence. His cause is that the British government is not doing a professional job. The effect of this is that they need to secede and develop their own nation. "from the consent of the governed,’ those people with unalienable Rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness [...] whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government" (Declaration of Independence). In this draft Franklin shows how the British government has wronged the people and not met their standards. He believes that people create a government in order for it to serve them and thus; can be replaced when it does not meet the standards of the people. This represents one way that Benjamin Franklin showed his message of a unified government for the people, but another way that he applied these concepts to people was in his almanac called Poor Richard’s
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