Compare And Contrast Declaration Of Independence And The Constitution

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The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution are documents which are designed to work together. They together hold the core values, beliefs and laws of the United States of America. The Declaration of Independence was written by the young Thomas Jefferson in 1776 when the people of America went to war against the invading armies of Britain. Britain had colonized America under the rule of King George III. It was a revolutionary document written at revolutionary times. Written by only a few men, the Declaration was unanimously accepted and ratified by all thirteen states and adopted into law in Philadelphia on July 4th of that year. It declares that the thirteen American states have united to form a new nation, the United States of America, and declare themselves free from British rule. The Declaration goes on to list the twenty-eight …show more content…

It describes the rights and responsibilities of the government and of all the states as a federal government. A system whereby several states form a unity but remain independent in internal affairs. Since the Constitution came into force in 1789, it has been amended twenty-seven times to meet the changing needs of the maturing nation which is now very different from the eighteenth-century world in which it was created. The ideals of the Constitution are to form one union from all the states. The states work together as one nation but have independent internal laws. Its basic goals are set out to establish an equal justice for every American; to safeguard tranquility; to provide a common defense system; to protect citizens from foreign attacks; to promote the well-being of all its citizens and to secure liberty and freedom to all Americans. It declares that not one person is above the law and everyone has certain natural rights to life, liberty and property. This is referred to as the Bill of

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