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
The Declaration of Independence was written on July 2, 1776, but then approved by congress on July 4th 1776. The Declaration of Independence was written when the 13 colonies were no longer part of the British Empire and were now their own independent states. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” For me, the theory of Natural Rights, and equality in a government is a must. Because of natural rights, oppressive taxation, and equality, I have decided that I would sign the Declaration of Independence in 1776 if I were living in that time. Thomas Jefferson wrote that if the government doesn’t protect the rights of its citizens, then people have the right to form their own new government.
The American Revolution took place between 1765 and 1783, during which 13 American colonies rejected the British rule and gained independence. Significant leaders during that time known to LaFayette was George Washington, the United States first President, Alexander Hamilton, the first Treasury, and Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. LaFayette firmly believed in liberty and equality for all (LaFayette, 1777). He journeyed to America so he can help fight the British with the colonists; in his words in a letter LaFayette sent to his wife, Adrienne de Noailles de LaFayette, “the happiness of America is intimately connected with the happiness of all mankind; she will become the safe and respected asylum
“The Declaration of Independence” The United States Declaration of Independence is the statement adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting at the Pennsylvania State House (now known as Independence Hall) in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776. The Declaration announced that the thirteen American colonies at war with the Kingdom of Great Britain would now regard themselves as thirteen independent sovereign states no longer under British rule. With the Declaration, these states formed a new nation – the United States of America . Upon this legislation became law, it allowed American citizens to live a betterment of life and execute their rights of liberty, freedom, and equality. The new United States would become the nation among all nations.
Patrick Henry’s 1775 speech at the second Virginia Convention, commonly referred to as “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” in reference to a famous quote lifted from the speech itself, masterfully reflects the requirement for revolution the United States of America had during the time period. The speech not only stands as an emblem of the American Revolution, but as a call-to-arms against any tyranny men that would rear its head anywhere in history, whether this long-term outcome was intended or otherwise. The effectiveness Henry displayed in rallying his peers is certainly inspirational, and his capability cannot be understated. This capability can be attributed to many different factors. One being Henry’s conviction.
The American Revolution is inarguably a founding event that led to the birth of the United States of America. It is a widely held belief among Americans that that the revolution is solely rooted from the colonists’ desire for independence from the tyrannical government of the British Empire and to create a nation based on the principles of freedom and equality. The American Revolution is commonly viewed as the courageous resistance of the colonies against the regime that oppressed them. Though the American Revolution was eventually united in the cause of liberation from the British regime, historical researchers believed that the cause of the revolution is more complex and deep-seated than this simplified version of the revolutionary struggle.
Fast tracking to the past, on June 21st, 1780 the constitution of the United States was ratified and the “nation” was born. Along with the controversies and difficulties of the ratification, many of the founding fathers had little belief that the constitution went far enough to limit the power of the federal government but most importantly, to protect the individual liberties of the people in America. The experiences of history were that a strong centralized government was a threat to freedom and prosperity, hence the establishment of the 10 amendments proposed by James Madison with the support of the author of the ‘Declaration of Independence’ Thomas Jefferson. The First Amendment The First Amendment in the Bill of Rights was created as a promise or an assurance of individual basic freedom. It is an essential ingredient of the Constitution, establishing and protecting the free press which means a prevention of censoring of the press by the government, mostly preventing the media to print anything from the word go especially if it aims exposing the governments’
How has the American Dream changed from the 1920’s to now and how has the theme of the American Dream been supported by works of American Literature. We will see how the American Dream though time did not follow what the founding fathers set out for us in the declaration of independence and when they said, “The authors of the United States’ Declaration of Independence held certain truths to be self-evident: that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness". We will see how the American Dream suffers, what an American Dream is centered on, and how, for some, the American Dream is unattainable. In "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, "I Hear America Singing" by Walt Whitman and in "Harlem" by Langston Hughes we see the American dream depicted, as the loss and utter death of a distracted corrupt American Dream, as the love of the American dream, and as the American Dream for Blacks in a time of segregation and discrimination. In "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, we see the
Ironically this document was not sent directly to the British Government, and was instead only distributed across the American colonies. In this way the document functioned as a rallying point about which large numbers of the colonists flocked. This purpose is reflected within the document itself; it was written in (for the period) simple language that would be easier for an average literate individual to understand. Its straight-forward approach to diction also made it easier for messengers to read aloud to the illiterate masses. Although we now see this declaration as a founding document of our nation, at the time it was written it was tantamount to treason.
On the eve of a modern era, July 4, 1776, a select committee of five representatives sat down to document the separation of the American colonies from the despotic reign of the English Monarch, King George. It was on this day that Thomas Jefferson put pen to paper to write “The Declaration of Independence” and courageously declared autonomy from Great Britain and their harsh and unlawful actions which, the colonists, can no longer be content with. Jefferson proclaims the separation of what will later become the United States of America from Imperialistic Britain. Jefferson addresses King George directly to state his intentions as well as the Patriotic Colonists in order to persuade them in favor of the liberation of colonial America and obtaining