Decleration Of Indipendence
Rafi Jacobs A.P. American History Report
About two months ago I still thought that the Declaration of Independence was something written a few hundred years ago, and was very famous, but had no real historical value. I just thought it was a nice thing, and after it became famous was adapted as a work of art. And to be honest I didnt even know what signifagance it had and how much it really did for out country. But after reading the Declaration of Independence, by Carl Becker, I found out what it really meant. In this report I will not only prove that I read the book, but show what affect it had on our country, the independent Unites States of America.
Actually, the decleration wasn’t even the officiol act of seperation from Great Britian. That was done on June 7th, 1776, when Richard Henry Lee, on behalf of the Virginia Delegation made three resolutions, one that declared the United Sttes should be free and indipendent states, and there should be no connection between them and Great Britain. It was voted in on July 2nd, 1776. However, on the 10th of June in when they decided they should write a decleration of indipendence, and they appointed Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston. At first Thomas Jefferson ask John Adams if he could write it. He replied “First, you are a Virginian, ought to be in charge of buissness, next I am obnoxious, suspected, and unpopular, reason number three, you are a ten times better writer, Mr. Jefferson.”
When writing this document, they had to be careful not to do a few things. First, they didn’t want this to sound like a rebellion. They tried to make it sound like it was a moral and justified thing to do. The goal was to make this rebellion a justified act. Rebelling against a king is seriose. So they had to be careful. They couldn’t just make this against their own king of Britian, instead they wanted it to be a generelized statement for all kings. Otherwise, no one would pay any attention to it, for its only against one king. What Jefferson had to do was formulate a general political philosophy that affirms the right ofna people to establish and overturn it’;s own goverment, which is also formulated in the first part of the second paragraph of the decleration, saying that all men are created equal with rights such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. He also made it sound as if the whole country was coming together to form their own goverment to replace the king, which in fact it wasn’t. He made it appear as if a revolution was the right thing to do by placing all the blame on the king, saying he wanted to make an absolute tyranny. Also, notice they never once in the decleration used to the word parliament, or the words “British subjects”, since, as I said before, they had to make it a generalized statement.
Another big subject on the decleration is natrul rights, or human, G-d given rights. What is it? Is it enough for a revolution? A known statement was made, that men are influinced by wat they read, things that clarify thoughts which justify their own thoughts, or which suggest ideas that are already predisposed to accept. Many different philosophers have many different ideas about natural rights. Locke felt that the state man should be in was that of perfect freedom, to do whatever they think is fit to do within a state of nature, of equality, where no one has no unlawful or unreasonable power more than the other.
Can you say that the British have no right to tax us?