Thomas Jefferson's Analysis Of The Declaration Of Independence

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What are the most famous and influential words in American history? Most Americans should be able to recognize this excerpt from the Declaration of Independence: “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.” The Americans’ wrote the Declaration of Independence in 1776 in order to free themselves from the hands of Great Britain, a nation whose government supported inequality and oppression. The Declaration of Independence also helped establish America’s government. The primary author of the Declaration of Independence was Thomas Jefferson. In the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson wrote in a list of ideals that he believed that the government should have. Jefferson states that every man is given certain unalienable rights, rights that cannot be denied. Jefferson argues that the purpose of the government should be to protect these rights. Jefferson believes that if the government fails to protect the rights of the…show more content…
In the spring of 1989, a group of students in China protested against the government in Tiananmen Square. The students believed that the government was corrupt and wanted a change to democracy. The students argued that the government did not protect their rights, and that they were being oppressed.The protests were crushed by the government and around 3,000 people were killed (Document C). In a democracy, the people are the ultimate authority. You can argue that the consent of the governed is the most important ideal because without it the people would not have any say in the federal government, and might not have any rights at all. A government that is not based around the rights of the people will always turn into a dictatorship of some
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