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02.01 Revolutionary Ideas: Assessment

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Transcript of 02.01 Revolutionary Ideas: Assessment

Interpreting the Deceleration of Independence
By: Naticia Martinez

Instructor Mrs. Page

Use this panel to provide a paragraph overview of the purpose and structure of the Declaration of Independence.
Use this panel to describe connections between the Declaration of Independence and the first principle, popular sovereignty. Be sure to include a quote from the Declaration of Independence.


Popular sovereignty or the sovereignty of the people is the principle that the authority of the government is created and sustained by the consent of its people, through their elected representatives, who are the source of all political power. That basically means the people are the authority. The people are able to decide how their government works. The people can give consent. The declaration of Independence plays role into popular sovereignty by stating that the Great Britain was not going to control the colonies. This meant they were going to separate from each other.

“He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on rights of the people. He has refused for such a long time, after such dissolution to cause others to be elected.”

Use this panel to describe connections between the Declaration of Independence and the second principle, social contract. Be sure to include a quote from the Declaration of Independence.


In moral and political philosophy, the social contract or political contract is a theory or model, originating during the Age of Enlightenment that typically addresses the questions of the origin of society and the legitimacy of the authority of the state over the individual.
This being said that the government ensures that rights are not taken away but protected. The colonist believed that their natural rights were not protected by King George III. The colonist tried to change it by giving power to the people.

“That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends (natural rights), it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government”

Use this panel to write one paragraph to explain whether or not you think the Declaration of Independence upholds the political principles Americans value. Would you have supported the Declaration of Independence? Why or why not?
Use this panel to describe connections between the Declaration of Independence and the third principle, natural and individual rights. Be sure to include a quote from the Declaration of Independence.
Natural and legal rights are two types of rights. Legal rights are those bestowed onto a person by a given legal system. Natural rights are those not contingent upon the laws, customs, or beliefs of any particular culture or government, and therefore universal and inalienable. John Locke gave us theses rights. He said that we would have “Life, liberty, and estate or property. This means anyone born in the U.S. or naturalized citizens have them. King George III violated these rights by trying to take them away. For example, having soldiers invade their homes without there permission. In the Declaration of Independence natural and individual rights are a class of rights that protect individuals from being taken away by the government.

‘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 Declaration of Independence was written to explain why the colonists had a right to revolt against and become independent from England. The colonist were against the rules and the taxes that limited their freedom of English colonists in America. In 1774 the colonies formed the First Continental Congress to send a list of complaints to King George III. But king George ignored the complaints. In June 1776, a document was created that declared America's independence from Great Britain. Congress approved the document of the deceleration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson wrote the declaration of Independence, he wrote the document in three distinctive parts. The first part of the decoration of Independence was an introduction as well as the beliefs of the colonist. The second part of the document was that how the colonist felt toward their so called great king. The second part was based on the grievances of the colonist feelings. The last part of the decoration of Independence was what the document announcement of the beginning state or condition.









I don’t believe that the Declaration of Independence upholds the political principles Americans values. Even though the colonist accomplished their goal in providing the document that gives them the freedom from Great Britain does not mean it meets any other values. The document does not support women’s rights or abolish slavery but only supported white males over the age of 21.


02.01 Revolutionary Ideas: Assessment
Popular Sovereignty
Social contract
Natural and individual Rights
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