The Declaration Of Independence: The Most Important Today

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The Declaration of Independence is very powerful which is why we still learn about it today. It will always be the most important document known to history. To start off with, it provided a free country. The author of this brilliant and motivated document was Thomas Jefferson. In the beginning initially, he begins telling us why the colonies wanted to consider themselves as independent and overthrow their British ruler. Thomas Jefferson wanted to secure the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If these rights were ever taken away or violated then the people do have a choice to fight for it and have the possibility of overthrowing the ruler. They should be able to change it and make it so they feel they are more safe and content…show more content…
He knew how important it was back then and how important it would be in our world today. Without freedom, our lives would be very different and probably crucial. With all of the success we have made from freedom, we couldn’t have done it without the Declaration of Independence. However; it did not take one sitting to create this document. There was a group of five congressmen whom invited Thomas Jefferson to help write the Declaration of Independence. “They chose John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Robert Livingston of New York and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia.” (Thomas Jefferson Foundation). They met several times to talk about it and give ideas. Thomas Jefferson wrote his first draft and then some of the men revised some of his mistakes. They chose Jefferson to be a part of this mainly because of his great writing skills. The draft was shown to John Adams and Benjamin Franklin. “On June 28th, 1776, they gave the draft to Congress. Delegates from South Carolina and Georgia did not want to sign it. They did not agree with Jefferson’s words against slavery. Some delegates from New England also did not want to sign it. Congress argued for and against. Finally, all language against slavery was taken out of the declaration. From July 2 through July 4th, Congress made changes to Jefferson’s draft of the Declaration. His words were cut by about a fourth. Congress also included the words of Lee’s Resolution “That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States.” On July 4th delegates from twelve colonies voted for the new declaration.” (Thomas Jefferson Foundation). Finally on July 4th, the congress approved of the historical document. John Hancock, which was the president of congress signed it and the Declaration of Independence was officially legally
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