The word is Independence, the idea of being independent, free. Back in the middle of the 1770’s, the first war in America broke out, the 13 colonies were faced against Great Britain, Congress appointed General George Washington to lead the Continental Army and do his best to win the battles, the Revolutionary War was fought for one thing only, Independence. America won the war and gained their Independence, later came in use was the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, both documents had some idea of independence in it. The reason why independence in America is so important is because it symbolizes each citizen as their own person with no dictator barking orders and no chains are locked on their arms, each individual has the shackles unlocked and are free to live the American dream, but there are rules stating what is wrong and what is right, you have the choice to choose what path to take, the path of righteousness or of wickedness. Use your independence responsibly, don’t misuse it, our Founding Fathers started from the ground to make America independent, America gives hope to ALL people who want to be independent and the government will ensure those rights of the people and will benefit the people and will also recognize the people as independent citizens of
(Analysis of The Declaration of Independence) In 1776, Thomas Jefferson forged arguably one of the most important American documents that has ever existed. “The Declaration of Independence is an important part of American democracy because first it contains the ideals or goals of our nation.”(Barnes) Just like Barnes stated the “The Declaration of Independence” is a message to the England parliament, to colonist, and to surrounding countries. The main purpose though was to tell England that they are done with being governed by them, and they are going to be separate and equal. This came as quite a shock to the King of England. There are many important underlying messages that can be deprived from the “Declaration of Independence” by Thomas Jefferson, that we have certain rights that cannot be taken away from us, that all men are created equal, and that a government governed by the people is important.
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’
The ⅗ Compromise allowed our country to ratify the US Constitution in 1790 but also pointed out the great flaw of slavery in our nation and opened our eyes to the reality of slavery and how the slaves weren’t treated like ⅗ of a person at all. In 1783 the Continental Congress first brought up the idea of how slaves should be
In 1776, a small group of leading American intellectuals and politicians declared to the world that the Thirteen Colonies, having endured over a year of war with Britain, would form their own independent state. The Declaration of Independence, in establishing freedom from British rule, immortalized the values of equality, liberty, and the rights of man in American politics and culture. However, perhaps unintentionally, the 1776 Declaration also immortalized the man proclaimed to be its chief contributor: Thomas Jefferson. In the decades and centuries since the American Revolution, Jefferson’s image and legacy have become inextricably tied to his statement that “All men are created equal”, despite his use of slavery and overt racism. Through Jefferson’s efforts to write his own history, and aided by both political needs and patriotism in the historians who
The American Revolution also commonly referred to as the War of Independence”, emerged during the 1700s following increased tensions, thus between the 13 American colonies patriots and the British Crown and only halted after America became a sovereign nation. This paper provides insights into some of the primary causes behind the American Revolution by analyzing the basis as well as the outlook of a shared political ideology, major complains with regard to British governance and denial of voting rights and the American citizens’ participation in rebellions against British rule. The political ideologies of revolting the British Crown largely came from European enlightenment which stem from somewhat a different American philosophy. One of
The Comparison of Two Declarations Thomas Jefferson and Elizabeth Cady Stanton fought for what they believed; which was being free and equal from unjust rule or unjust laws. In the “Declaration of Independence” By Thomas Jefferson; Jefferson writes about his concerns about current Government ruled by the King of Great Britain in the United States and proceeds to list conflicts that many people face in the United States due to the King’s unjust treatment towards its citizens. In the end of the essay he persuades that the United States should separate from the rule of Great Britain. In another essay written like the “Declaration of Independence” comes the “Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions” by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, in Stanton’s essay she writes about issues that women face towards unjust laws. These laws were to prohibit and limit a women’s rights due to the fact they are married to their spouse; an example of these laws was “denied... the facilities for obtaining a through education” (149) to clarify this quotation women weren’t allowed to receive an education due to being married.
In 1776, the Second Continental Congress issued the Declaration of Independence. This document was written by political leader Thomas Jefferson which was based mainly on the John Locke’s ideas and the Enlightenment. In Declaration of Independence, it said, “That 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, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their Safety and Happiness.” --- Thomas Jefferson (The declaration of Independence, 1776) From my point of view, this document was agreeing American and supported American. This conflict continues until France entered the American
The ideas of Enlightenment thinkers like John Locke and Montesquieu helped create the basis for the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution, and the creation of the government of the United States of America. John Locke’s philosophy of natural rights, like life, liberty, and property belonging to everyone, and Montesquieu’s philosophy of separation of powers, both influenced the rise of a state with no king when they declared their independence from the British in 1776, which was revolutionary and a radical idea since most countries were ruled by some kind of a monarchy during the early modern era. These philosophies were supported by human reason, unlike previous eras where ideals had been supported by religion, which is why they were thought to be so innovative and impressive. The American Revolution, fueled by Enlightenment ideals, later became an incentive for the French Revolution among other revolutionary movements challenging oppressive, widely accepted beliefs of
Another well-known revolution started because of oppression was the North American Revolution. The North American Revolution started in 1774 and ended in 1783. Basically, the North American Revolution was triggered by the Declaration of Independence announced in 1776. The Declaration of Independence was a declaratory document to announce the separation of thirteen colonies from the Great Britain. The thirteen states strongly believed that they had “unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” .
On September 17, 1787, The Philadelphia Convention emitted their own new constitution to the states for ratification. Instead, The Federalist profoundly accepted the Constitution for several reasons, which included that this new constitution allowed for higher and further central government, that was formerly undermined under the Articles of Confederation. In the other hand, The Anti-Federalist, did not want a authoritative and dominant central government, but instead, powerful state governments; in response to the new constitution, many of the Anti-Federalists began writing different essays and creating pamphlets as a means of arguing against it. In retaliation to the Anti-Federalists experiment at earning states to not rarify the Constitution, many federalists advanced a group of essays known as the Federalist Papers, which argued for the ratification of the new law system.
John Locke was a key figure in the Enlightenment (which was at its peak at the time of the revolution), who stated that the government’s duty was to secure the rights of the people with the consent of the governed. If the government fails to do its duty, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to create a new one. Essentially, this was what the American Declaration of Independence revolved around; it calls out King George III on his acts that violates their values of equality and their unalienable rights and declares the independence of the thirteen
The American Revolution: Causes and Effects The American Revolution was a major process leading to America gaining independence. The British were in control of the Americans and wanted to be considered powerful and unstoppable. The British decided to create political and financial changes that affected the Americas in unsuitable ways. The new changes caused major rebellion towards the British, which was the colonies attempt at getting fair treatment by the British. The British tried to make compromises with the Americans to make it seem like they were getting benefits; however, in reality the British were getting the upper hand.
The Constitution and Federalism On July fourth, 1776, the colonists of America gained freedom from the oppressive clutches of England. The colonists did this by establishing the Articles of Confederation. The Articles of Confederation defined the role and powers of government after the colonists gained independence for England. However, the Articles of Confederation was a vastly flawed document. Therefore, in 1787, the Constitution was created to reconstruct and improve on this document.
“Freedom’s Plow” seeks to recognize when a system is unjust so that they can redefine freedom to be inclusive of all men. Overthrowing an unjust system would be in line with the Declaration’s original purpose. Many revolutions that occurred after the American Revolution cited Jefferson's Declaration of Independence as justification in overthrowing a corrupt and dictatorial
The American Revolution (1700-1790) was a historical event in time, where the Thirteen Colonies that became the United States of America, gained independence from the British Empire. Many historians would agree that the Revolution was caused by events and the growing differences between the colonists and England. The cause of the American Revolution could be summarized in the saying ‘liberty vs. tyranny’. The American Revolution was a struggle by liberty-loving Americans to free themselves from a dictatorial British rule. In this period, the Colonies protested against the British Empire and entered into the American Revolutionary War, also known as the American War of Independence.
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 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.
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.
The 3rd estate revolted against the king and formed a National Assembly to be heard and represented. Another important political cause of the Democratic Revolutions can be found in Document #1. The document was created by Thomas Jefferson, who was a colonial leader. The document was written in Philadelphia of July 4, 1776 for the British government, colonist, and congress to say why they want their independence. The British colonist wanted their freedom and didn’t want to be in control of the king any longer.